History is full of strange animal stories invented by the brightest and
most influential, from Aristotle to Disney. But when it comes to
understanding animals, we've got a long way to go. Whether we're
watching a viral video of romping baby pandas or looking at a picture of
penguins 'holding hands', we often project our own values - innocence,
abstinence, hard work - onto animals.
So you've probably never considered that moose get drunk and that penguins are notorious cheats. In The Unexpected Truth About Animals Zoologist Lucy unravels many such myths - that eels are born from sand, that swallows hibernate under water, and that bears gave birth to formless lumps that are licked into shape by their mothers - to show that the stories we create reveal as much about us as they do about the animals. Astonishing, illuminating and laugh-out-loud funny.
'Eye-opening, informative and very funny!' - Chris Packham
The Unexpected Truth About Animals : Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos and Other Wild Tales - Lucy Cooke
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