In a recent Letter from Karen, Karen writes:
"The baboon, seeing the syringe, presses herself sideways against the bars. The keeper starts to touch the syringe to the animal's hip..."
We decided to look around to find some video footage of this sort of training procedure being undertaken at a zoo. Here's what we found:
From Bronx Zoo
Tiger being trained to accept a "pole syringe"
From Indianapolis Zoo
Dolphin Husbandry with commentary
Polar Bear Husbandry using "protected contact"—big teeth, big paws!
Baby Rhino "Zuri" being weighed, targeting
Grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy! Oh, and in case you were wondering, no, you can't keep a pet baby rhino no matter how cute and no matter how easily trained they are...