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The Unexpected Truth About Animals Brilliant natural history, starring lovesick hippos, stoned sloths, exploding bats and frogs in taffeta trousers...:Superhyipmonitor

Lucy Cooke
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Lucy Cooke Published in October 17, 2018, 2:43 am
 The Unexpected Truth About Animals Brilliant natural history, starring lovesick hippos, stoned sloths, exploding bats and frogs in taffeta trousers...:Superhyipmonitor

The Unexpected Truth About Animals Brilliant natural history, starring lovesick hippos, stoned sloths, exploding bats and frogs in taffeta trousers...:Superhyipmonitor

Price:£4.99

Ben
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Ben Reply to on 24 August 2018
I have loved reading this book. I love animals and have always struggled to find an informative but ‘easy to read’ book, usually find the ones I buy are great but lots of technical language and I never remember anything I read. Not this book though! So interesting, funny and informative. I have loved every chapter and have enjoyed reeling off all the facts I have learnt to anyone who will listen. If you love animals and have an interest in the environment then I highly recommend this book! It would be a great gift too.
DE
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DE Reply to on 12 June 2018
Delighted to find this book I will give as a gift to a teenager who is very interested in animal conservation. This book gives a different aspect to animal lives with a bit of fun in addition. It is written for an easy read, doesn't need to be read from beginning to end, can be picked up when having a break from studying for exams.
Anita Kelsey - Author of Claws. Confessions Of A Cat Groomer
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Anita Kelsey - Author of Claws. Confessions Of A Cat Groomer Reply to on 24 March 2018
Fantastic writing. Very interesting read with humour in abundance. Highly recommended.
kat amara korba
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kat amara korba Reply to on 5 January 2018
Curiosity and amusement in equal doses. Intelligently written and treats you as an intelligent reader. Excellent read and recommend to all. Great to explore as a family with suitably aged kids.
Jo
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Jo Reply to on 1 June 2018
I've been repeating these fascinating facts to everyone I know. Really hope there's a sequel.
Ross Nevin
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Ross Nevin Reply to on 17 August 2018
This book is fantastic! So many facts and incredible, and sometimes bizarre, stories from the early days of discovery. I loved learning new things about my favourite animals like the hyena and moose. Well written and very witty, really hope there will be a part 2! Faye
michele
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michele Reply to on 17 July 2018
memorable rundown of some animal facts that are not well known.
E. Lemaire
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E. Lemaire Reply to on 2 January 2018
Fantastic book with amazing facts and lots of fun to read. Highly recommended.
Hande Z
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Hande Z Reply to on 15 November 2017
How would you imagine the founder of the ‘Sloth Appreciation Society’ to be like? Whatever it may be, it is probably wrong. Lucy Cooke (the founder) is an eminent zoologist, and this is no slow book. It is a well-written, fast-paced ‘cannot-put-down’ book about animals; but it is not just a book about animals. Nothing in this book may prepare the reader for the Cooke account of the selected animals. She begins with the eel, and the research done about them by Aristotle (yes, the 2,000 years ago Greek better known for his philosophy) that led to the longest search for the eel’s gonads.

Cooke introduces us to the ostrich and its peculiar habits, especially its dietary habits, and explains why the big bird is known for eating jagged stones and metal (to aid digestion because they lack a ruminating stomach). The bigger stories are yet to come. The animals covered in this book are the beaver, the sloth, the hyena, the vulture, the bat, the frog, the stork, the hippopotamus, the moose, the panda, the penguin, and the chimpanzee.

The stories and account of each animal are amazing. Cook has a wonderful sense of humour. She reminds us that the bat, like the vulture, are looked upon as vile, and that the bats is described in the Bible as ‘unclean’, ‘which is a little harsh on an animal that can spend up to a fifth of its time grooming and is probably significantly cleaner than most of the big book’s holy scribes’, Cooke says. She is probably right in saying that the bat ‘needs rebranding’.

The Panda story is fascinating. There are two pandas. The one in the zoo, and the one in the wild. The one in the zoo is the one that has given the world the popular image of a panda – slow, useless but cute, would have been extinct if not for human assistance, has ‘an apathetic approach to sex and a deviant diet’. The one in the world is nothing quite like this. The wild pandas live in thick, impenetrable jungle, eats flesh, and has kinky threesome sex.

After reading the chapter on the chimpanzee you might not want to look in the mirror for a while. There is probably no book on or about animals that comes close to this for information and entertainment. Read it for knowledge, or read it for fun, either way, you would get both.
Bridget
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Bridget Reply to on 23 October 2017
This is a truly witty and beautifully written informative book, some of the descriptive incidences are hilarious. A great book for any one interested in animals. I love it and will reread it again and again. B.Cooke
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