An improbable journey through the world of strange and mysterious creatures.
All Creatures Weird and Dangerous describes the author’s experiences as a veterinarian drawn by chance to care for a variety of cryptozoological creatures. As a practicing veterinarian, the author is called upon, as if by strange forces, to care for a Chupacabra, Sasquatch, Lake Erie’s monster Bessie, mermaids and fairies in Newfoundland, and eventually a unicorn in the Highlands of Scotland. Drawing on his experiences as a wildlife rehabilitator and exotic-animal veterinarian, the author cares for these odd creatures, describing his work in accurate medical detail and touching on the importance of compassion and the need to respect all creatures on our planet. An homage to James Herriott’s All Creatures Great and Small, while touching on stories equally appropriate for an episode of the X-Files.
Dr. Timm is currently a practicing veterinarian in Buffalo, New York, where he lives in an urban wildlife habitat with his wife, son, dog, and cat. He has degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, Ocean Physics from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University. He enjoys camping, hiking, bird watching, and searching for magical creatures.
Otterson, the ever-helpful friend of creatures both mundane and fantastic, leaves the impression he didn’t think his interest in nature would take him on an improbable journey through the world of strange and mysterious creatures—until it did. Luckily, he’s willing to take us along, and if you’re like me, you will turn each page in eager anticipation of what new adventure—and what strange and possibly dangerous creature—lurks just ahead!
— Paul Dyster, former mayor of Niagara Falls, New York and life-long Great Lakes environmentalist
Real and mythological animals play a huge role in our folklore and in our memory as a species … Wanting to believe is what has kept Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the shadowy animals of these fables alive. Sit back, enjoy these stories and meet a new legendary being with each chapter.
— Kevin Fitzgerald, DVM, Animal Planet’s “Emergency Vets”
This is marvelous nonfiction and if you enjoy animals and exploration, you will love this book.
— Michael Groves, DVM, PhD, Dean Emeritus, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine