The Unexpected Truth About Animals

The Unexpected Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos and Other Wild Tales

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, Dictionaries & Reference, Natural World & Environment, Nature Writing
Paperback Published on: 31/05/2018
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The Unexpected Truth About Animals
Fascinating and hilarious. A winning combination.
I was dying to get my hands on this book after I’d read all the brilliant hardback reviews. It definitely did not disappoint. Lucy Cooke is a zoologist wit... READ MORE
Poppy at Scarborough


Shortlisted for The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2018 'Eye-opening, informative and very funny!' - Chris Packham 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 Cooke 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. An astonishing, illuminating and laugh-out-loud funny book that will ensure you never look at the animal kingdom in the same way again.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781784161903
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Weight: 379g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 31 mm

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The Unexpected Truth About Animals
Quirky, funny and very knowledgeble
I love this book so much! It's funny, quirky and also very knowledgeable about its subject matter. It's amazing just how many pre-20th century so-called s... READ MORE
Richard Keay
The Unexpected Truth About Animals
Interesting, funny & informative
I wasn't keen when I first started reading this book. I found it difficult to get into the style of writing as it's mixture of flippant comedic remarks and... READ MORE