In “Tails of the Prairie, Baldwin shares a collection of stories from his work as a veterinarian in rural Wyoming from 1951 to 1964.
Working in often primitive conditions, Baldwin tells how he treated animals of all varieties, from the ranch animals to domestic pets. He helped a dog that didn’t win its battle with a porcupine, a cat that saved a baby from a rattlesnake attack, and a bobcat that slept on the living room piano. At a county fair, he was held prisoner by an elephant while trying to treat a pony. Through it all, Baldwin maintained his humor and appreciation for the people and animals that live and die on the prairie.