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The Rhino with Glue-on Shoes

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Benny Vazquez

on 15 January 2015

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The Rhino with Glue-on Shoes
True stories of zoo vets and their patients
The Eel and the Bartender
- Series of short stories by zoo veterinarians
-Edited by Lucky H. Spelman
A Green Moray Eel was donated to an aquarium by a bartender
Weeks went by and the eel had not been eating and veterinarians are trying to figure it out
The vets call the owner
The Moray responded when the man approached
The Green Moray Eel
Muscular body
Dorsal and anal fins connected
Crazy strong jaws
Hooked teeth like a python
They'll take your finger
Tubular nostrils
8 feet of awesome!
Yummy Protective mucus
Pharyngeal Jaws
Second set of jaws within the pharynx
Swallowing aid
Highly mobile pharyngeal jaws Protract into the oral cavity and pull prey into the esophagus
See it in action!
(super slo-mo)
Fun Fact- H.R. Created the alien for Ridley Scotts Movie and did not get the idea for the second set of jaws from the moray eel. It was coincidence :)
This method of swallowing trumps the suction that other fish use especially when larger prey is involved
Solitary animals that feed on fish, crab, shrimp, octopus, and squid.
Circular gills
Pharyngeal-Pertaining to the Pharynx (throat)
Pharynx- Passageway from the mouth and nose to the esophagus and larynx
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