Animals have evolved highly sophisticated methods to protect themselves from parasites, bacteria and viruses. Recent research and observation has revealed that animals use plant-based and insect-derived substances to treat themselves – not only do they apply these substances externally, they also ingest them as part of their diets.
Take capuchin monkeys for example. Not only do these primates apply citrus fruits onto their fur for protection against pests, they also feed on plants which are usually not part of their diet, such as poison hemlock. Herbivorous red deer have even been seen chewing the legs off live seabirds!
This innovative behavior has prompted researchers to look further into animal medicine in the hopes of understanding how medical knowledge is passed down from one generation to the next. In order to gain a better understanding of this topic, a documentary titled “Animal Medicine” was recently released. The film takes viewers on a journey around the world to explore how animals use medicine and provides insight into what we can learn from our furry counterparts about health and wellness.
Through engaging interviews with experts in wildlife biology, veterinary science and other related fields, Animal Medicine offers an engaging look into animal medicine while simultaneously questioning our own notions about health and well-being. If you’re looking for a compelling documentary that will leave you with newfound appreciation for the power of nature, then be sure to check out Animal Medicine!