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Parrot's Lament, The and Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligen
     

Parrot's Lament, The and Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligen

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by Eugene Linden
 

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A gorilla shrewdly sells back a missing key chain to the highest bidder. An orangutan picks a lock to let himself out of his zoo enclosure and two elephants adopt a tag-team strategy to keep their handlers from putting them back into theirs.

In The Parrot's Lament, noted environmentalist Eugene Linden offers more than one hundred true anecdotes about animal

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A gorilla shrewdly sells back a missing key chain to the highest bidder. An orangutan picks a lock to let himself out of his zoo enclosure and two elephants adopt a tag-team strategy to keep their handlers from putting them back into theirs.

In The Parrot's Lament, noted environmentalist Eugene Linden offers more than one hundred true anecdotes about animal acts of cooperation, heroism, escape—even tales of deception or manipulation of human beings. Drawing on the first-person experiences of veterinarians, field biologists, researchers, and trainers, Linden has compiled a warmly entertaining and powerfully persuasive argument for animal consciousness that, while not human, far exceeds what humans usually grant animals.

Scientifically sound and emotionally compelling, The Parrot's Lament contains remarkable stories that are sure to resonate with animal lovers, turning skeptics everywhere into believers.

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"Linden reveals how animals demonstrate aspects of intelligence as they escape from, cheat and outfox humans."TIME

"[Linden's] incisive prose turns even these non-human scoundrels into endearing subjects."The New York Times Book Review

“Satisfying, sentimental but still scientifically solid. The science of consciousness and animal intelligence is contentious, but many in the field—Linden included—deeply suspect that animals know more than we can verify. Linden lays down the science with clarity and good humor, but he leaves it to his animal coauthors, the amorous dolphins, escape-artist orangs, enigmatic cats, and lying hyenas that populate the book's scores of anecdotes, to make his argument.”—Paul Hughes 
 
“Since the 1970s, Linden (Apes, Men and Language) has argued that many animals possess humanlike intelligence. Here, he drives that point home by presenting more than 100 anecdotes… Linden's sources include vets, trainers, zookeepers, field biologists and researchers… If the scientific community remains skeptical about the quality of animal intelligence, Linden leaves no doubt about where he stands. He accepts evidence of animal consciousness and, at the end of his brisk, detailed report, so will many readers.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Stories that reveal evidence of the consciousness of their animal subjects, set into the context of what is scientifically known about animal cognition… A compelling argument in favor of consciousness in animals.”—Nancy Bent, Booklist
 
“Linden keeps the anecdotes short and sweet, and, thankfully, taps into those untold rather than recycling the same stories about apes saving human toddlers and elephants enjoying sunsets.… Most of all, these stories suggest a range of possibilities in animal awareness and feeling that signal the caring respect to be awarded any creature. Animals are an indicator species, Linden suggests, so take a look: how we treat them reflects how we treat everything else.”—Kirkus Reviews  

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452280687
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,383,396
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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"Linden reveals how animals demonstrate aspects of intelligence as they escape from, cheat and outfox humans."—Time magazine

"[Linden's] incisive prose turns even these non-human scoundrels into endearing subjects." —The New York Times Book Review

Meet the Author

Eugene Linden is an award-winning journalist and the author of The Parrot’s Lament, The Future in Plain Sight, Silent Partners, and other books on animals and the environment. He has consulted for the U.S. State Department, the UN Development Program, and he is a widely traveled speaker and lecturer. Yale University named Linden a Poynter Fellow in recognition of his writing on the environment. He lives in Nyack, New York, and Washington, D.C.

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Parrot's Lament, The and Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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The Parrot¿s Lament, by Eugene Linden, is the perfect book choice for anyone interested in animal behavior. This book is 190 pages in length and was published in October, 1999 by Penguin Putnam Inc.. In a book written for young biology lovers to senior citizens, Linden¿s explorations try to explain why animals behave the way they do. Mentioned several places in the book was the possibility of animals having higher intelligence levels than humans. Any person who would be interested in such material should read the book, The Parrot¿s Lament. The Parrot¿s Lament:a tale of animal intrigue, intelligence, and ingenuity. A pig who saves a drowning kid, a gorilla trading a Frisbee for a grape. An orangutan who plays ¿Simon says¿ for cash, life-saving cats, or pigs with jobs. What are these animals thinking? What are they trying to do? In short:Can animals think as humans do? This is the basis for the book, The Parrot¿s Lament. It biologically describes animal behavior and relates it to their survival techniques. For instance, while in captivity animals will imitate procedures normally done in the wild. For example, the polar bears who pretended to capture seals, or the Timber Wolf who chased his goat friends just for the sake of feeling like a real wolf, minus the meal. Linden gathers anecdotes from zoo keepers, pet owners, primate researchers, and game preserve employees to create a book compiled of over a hundred stories. He suggests the range and depth of an animal¿s ability to plan, reason, invent and form relationships with unfamiliar and even traditionally hostile species. Linden doesn¿t try to be too scientific, but rather provides real life stories about animal behavior to let the reader decide for themselves how close animals are to humans, or vice versa. I can relate to some of the human and animal interactions displayed in the book because I have had numerous pets. Before I read this book I thought that when my dog, Candy barked, it was because she needed something. Therefore, I would ask her, ¿Do you have to go out?¿, ¿Bring me your toy. Do you want to play?¿. But now I realize that this might be her own higher level of thinking, not a natural response. The Parrot¿s Lament explores the fact that Candy might know that by barking, she will get attention, therefore, she barks at me. Linden gives reasonable evidence to show that not all of animal¿s reactions are based on natural instinct. I look at my dog differently now. Besides, how do I know what she thinks of me?