History is full of strange animal stories, invented by the brightest and most influential, from Aristotle to Disney, and they reveal as much about us and the things we believe as they do about the animals they misrepresent. We once thought that eels were born from sand, that swallows hibernated underwater, and that bears gave birth to formless lumps that were licked into shape by their mothers.
Zoologist Lucy Cooke unravels many such myths, revealing the facts she's uncovered while sniffing out vultures, snooping on sloths and stalking drunk moose.
The Unexpected Truth About Animals is in equal parts astonishing, illuminating and laugh-out-loud funny. Starring: feminist hyenas, perverted penguins, exploding bats and frogs in taffeta trousers....
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By Amazon Customer on 31-03-18
By far the best audio book I've had the pleasure to listen to yet.
Lucy Cooke's passion about the animals she discusses is clear but that doesn't steer her away from a light hearted theme, which runs through her writing and results in regular laugh out loud moments.
Despite watching and reading many animal and nature documentaries I found a wealth of intriguing facts and knowledge.
My greatest disappointment after finishing this book was not being able to find another by the author.