Animals Behaving Badly: Boozing Bees, Cheating Chimps, Dogs with Guns, and Other Beastly True Tales

Animals Behaving Badly: Boozing Bees, Cheating Chimps, Dogs with Guns, and Other Beastly True Tales

by Linda Lombardi


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ISBN-13: 9780399536977
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

As a child growing up in the Bronx, Linda Lombardi liked to play with a basket full of plastic animals instead of human dolls. Later in life, she gave up a tenured position as a college professor to take a zookeeping job. Formerly the pets and animals columnist for the Associated Press and author of the mystery The Sloth's Eye, she has spent much of her life either slaving over animals or writing about how great they are. This book is her revenge.
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Animals Behaving Badly: Boozing Bees, Cheating Chimps, Dogs with Guns, and Other Beastly True Tales 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Capfox on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was awesome except it didnt have sex
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very entertaining and fun for everyone especaily animal lovers