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CSI for the animal kingdom with wildlife pathologist Carol Meteyer at the National Wildlife Health Center. Bats, wolves, eagles, frogs and the stories their autopsies/necropsies tell.

Carol Meteyer at work in her lab, looking at x-rays of frogs. (National Wildlife Health Center/USGS)
Carol Meteyer at work in her lab, looking at x-rays of frogs. (National Wildlife Health Center/USGS)

On television, CSI units get out the autopsy knives to learn what happened at a murder scene.

On Carol Meteyer’s exam table, the lights are bright and the knives are sharp, but the bodies have fur, feathers, scales, claws, wings. Meteyer does CSI work for the animal kingdom.

To figure out what killed a golden eagle. A gray wolf. Jaguar. Beaver. Bluebird. Opossum. A cave full of bats. Five thousand blackbirds.

The story under knife and microscope is the story of our natural world, from nature’s side.

This hour On Point: the wildlife pathologist and CSI: Animal Kingdom.
-Tom Ashbrook
Guest:

Carol Meteyer, wildlife pathologist and Veterinarian and the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Joe Walston, executive director of the Asia Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society.


Later in the hour, a snow leopard discovery in Afghanistan. See photos and a video here.

 

 

 

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Here are some photos of Carol Meteyer at work in the lab.

Meteyer working in the lab
Meteyer working in the lab
Carol Meteyer at work in the lab
Carol Meteyer at work in the lab
A close-up of the nose of a little brown bat with white nose syndrome.
A close-up of the nose of a little brown bat with white nose syndrome.
A malformed frog.
A malformed frog.

Carol Meteyer at the National Wildlife Health Center.
Carol Meteyer at the National Wildlife Health Center.
You can see more photos of the National Wildlife Health Center's work on little brown bats with White-Nose Syndrome here.

This program aired on July 21, 2011.

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