The Octopus and the Orangutan: More True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence and Ingenuity

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In The Octopus and the Orangutan, Eugene Linden takes readers on another unforgettable journey into the minds and hearts of animals, going beyond our everyday encounters with animals at home and in the zoo in a wide-ranging collection of real-life anecdotes.
The Octopus and the Orangutan finds intelligent behavior in surprising new places, ranging from the octopus's garden to the crow's nest. Amazing feats of stealth, deception, and larceny accompany unexpected acts of kindness ...
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Overview

In The Octopus and the Orangutan, Eugene Linden takes readers on another unforgettable journey into the minds and hearts of animals, going beyond our everyday encounters with animals at home and in the zoo in a wide-ranging collection of real-life anecdotes.
The Octopus and the Orangutan finds intelligent behavior in surprising new places, ranging from the octopus's garden to the crow's nest. Amazing feats of stealth, deception, and larceny accompany unexpected acts of kindness and friendship. Animals show they are sensitive souls and tough negotiators both with their human keepers and with one another in this entirely new collection of stories sure to delight animal lovers everywhere.

Author Biography: 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. In 2001, Yale University named Linden a Poynter Fellow in recognition of his writing on the environment.

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Linden's intense interest in and love for animals is back in this follow-up to The Parrot's Lament and Other Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence, and Ingenuity. Written in an easy-to-read style, it seems at first glance a story collection. Though it is filled with anecdotal evidence of the tricks and smarts of animals, it also contains much commentary on the similarities and differences between human and animal intelligence, and the difficulties encountered in the research and discovery of intelligence and the thinking abilities of animals. It raises the issue of what intelligence is and where it originates in a sentient being. Linden asks more questions than he answers, understandable in light of the incredible stories he tells, especially of animals in captivity, the easiest place for humans to observe them. Along with stories of a large octopus slithering through a two-inch pipe and elephants unlocking cages and switching places in the night, he looks at games animals make up, tools they use, aggression with weapons; their ability to deceive, their cooperation with their caretakers and other animals, participation in the arts and sciences, and communication with people and each other. Linden draws on physics and evolution as well as psychology and sociology, while at the same time casting doubts on the scientific method as the exclusive path to knowing the true intelligence of animals. This book would be a bit overwhelming for the average junior high student. The good reader, however, would find the anecdotes entertaining. For older YAs and adults, this book will entertain and inform anyone with the slightest interest in animals. It is an excellent choice for boostingappreciation of the natural world and sparking interest in its preservation. KLIATT Codes: SA-Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Penguin Putnam, Plume, 242p. index., Ages 15 to adult.
— Ann Hart
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641620119
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/29/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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