Animals Behaving Badly shows that animals are just like us: gluttonous, selfish, violent, lustful, and always looking out for number one. Using anecdotes from the news and from scientific research, Linda Lombardi pokes fun at our softhearted preconceptions about animals, makes us feel a little better about humanity's basest impulses, and painlessly teaches us a bit more about our furry and feathered friends.
- Bees love alcohol: even, says one researcher, more than college students
- Pandas enjoy pornographic movies-they're particularly aroused by the soundtrack-and macaques will pay with juice to look at dirty pictures
- A rabbit who lives in a pub in England is addicted to gambling with a slot machine
- African elephants raised by teenage mothers form violent youth gangs
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Visit her website and the Animals Behaving Badly blog at www.lindalombardi.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We've generally come to view nature as a pleasant place, with "natural" a positive term, and animals as good, innocent creatures, overall. The whole point of this book (which, up front, I will admit to picking up because I had Lombardi as a prof for phonology when I was at Maryland) is to basically show, well, that animals often behave badly, and are not as cuddly and innocent as perhaps we make them out to be. It bears noting that this is only from our perspective; obviously, it's not to say that the animals behave badly from their perspective, so much as they take actions that we can't really view positively.So, the book gives you breezy presentations of news stories and scientific studies organized by theme: violence, sex, drug use, interactions with people, etc. Want to hear stories about chimps killing each other over territory? Gang rape and drowning female ducks? Pandas' predilection for pornography? How much bees love to drink alcohol, and how drunk they can get? This is the book for you, with lots of other stories. Special chapters are dedicated to stories of bad behavior by dolphins (e.g. they practice killing porpoises so they can be better at killing their calves) and dogs (more dogs have shot people than you might have thought).The style is light and wry, and pretty easy to read. It's eye-opening, just to get another look at how animals work and the things they do. It's a quick little thing, and it has a lot of passages you can read to people just for a quick little fun discussion. Nothing groundbreaking, but you get what it says on the cover, and it's enjoyable.
I thought it was awesome except it didnt have sex
This book is very entertaining and fun for everyone especaily animal lovers