A nocturnal, tree-dwelling carnivore with the face of a possum, the body of a cat, and a luxurious feather-duster tail, the Asiatic linsang is a wonderful example of the diversity of mammals hiding out in the forests of South East Asia.
Animal pathologist Dr Lydia Tong reinvented the role of veterinarian. After uncovering a cruel dog-killing scandal, she spearheaded a campaign to enforce stricter rules on racing-dog breeders, as well as bringing attention to animal abuse in households with domestic violence. Her most important work, however, might be the discovery of a new method to determine, within seconds, whether an animal has been illegally captured or bred in captivity.
On this episode she shares how she discovered a new role for vets in pathology and her work at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.
This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).
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