Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind

Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind

Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind

Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind


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Extraordinary new insights into the minds and lives of our fellow creatures from two of the world’s top animal authors, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas and Sy Montgomery.

A Mail on Sunday “Critic's Pick” Best Read of the Year

"In their writing and in their lives and in their remarkable friendship, Liz and Sy break down false barriers and carry us closer to our fellow creatures.”—from the foreword by Vicki Constantine Croke, author of Elephant Company

Tamed and Untamed―a collection of essays penned by two of the world's most celebrated animal writers, Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas―explores the minds, lives, and mysteries of animals as diverse as snails, house cats, hawks, sharks, dogs, lions, and even octopuses.

Drawing on stories of animals both wild and domestic, the two authors, also best friends, created this book to put humans back into the animal world. The more we learn about what other animals think and do, they explain, the more we understand ourselves as animals, too. Writes Montgomery, “The list of attributes once thought to be unique to our species―from using tools to waging war―is not only rapidly shrinking, but starting to sound less and less impressive when we compare them with other animals’ powers.”

With humor, empathy, and introspection, Montgomery and Thomas look into the lives of all kinds of creatures―from man’s best friend to the great white shark―and examine the ways we connect with our fellow species. Both authors have devoted their lives to sharing the animal kingdom’s magic with others, and their combined wisdom is an indispensable contribution to the field of animal literature.

The book contains a foreword by Vicki Constantine Croke, author of the bestseller Elephant Company.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603587556
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 10/04/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 132,412
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Researching articles, films, and her twenty-one books for adults and children, bestselling author Sy Montgomery has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Rwanda, hunted by a tiger in India, and swum with piranhas, electric eels, and pink dolphins in the Amazon. Her work has taken her from the cloud forest of Papua New Guinea (for a book on tree kangaroos) to the Altai Mountains of the Gobi (for another on snow leopards.) Her books for adults include The Soul of an Octopus (a National Book Award finalist), The Good Good Pig, Birdology, Spell of the Tiger, Journey of the Pink Dolphins, and Walking with the Great Apes. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, the writer Howard Mansfield, their border collie, Thurber, and their flock of free-range laying hens.

One of the most widely read authors on anthropology and animals wild and domestic, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas has observed dogs, cats, elephants, and human animals during her half-century-long career, all of which was inspired by her lengthy trips to Africa as a young woman. Her many books include Dreaming of Lions, The Hidden Life of Dogs, The Social Lives of Dogs, The Tribe of Tiger, The Old Way, and The Hidden Life of Deer. She lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire.


Hancock, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

February 7, 1958

Place of Birth:

Frankfurt, Germany


Syracuse University: B.A., Newhouse School of Public Communications, 1979; B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, 1979

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Part 1 Animals and People

Animals as Teachers and Healers 3

Your Brain on Pets 6

Is ESP Possible? 9

Thunder 12

Animal Minds 15

Octopus Love 18

Bushmeat 21

Cecil the Lion 24

Discarded Animals 27

A Memorial Day Tribute to War Animals 30

A Failure to Communicate 33

Fear of the Dark 36

Fear of Snakes 39

The Spirits among Us 43

Part 2 Birds

Birds Rock the Beat 50

Puffin M 53

Chicken Indestructible 56

Hawk Migration 60

Bubbles Wrapped in Feathers 63

Part 3 Dogs and Cats

Pets with Disabilities 71

Breeding Dogs 74

Tiny Dogs 78

How Best to Educate a Dog 81

Cat Vandalism 85

Cat Tracker 88

Sleeping Dogs 91

Feral Cats and Stray Cats 94

Death of a Dog 97

Part 4 Wild Animals

Bears 104

The "Dog" We Love to Hate 107

Great White Sharks 110

Feeding Deer 113

The Lion 116

Hyraxes 121

Christmas Ermine 124

One Mouse 127

Pink Dolphins 130

Happy Rats: Playful, Ticklish, Optimistic 133

Part 5 Tiny Animals

Slugs 139

Worms: Lowly and Exalted 142

Amphibians 146

Bumble, Bee Happy, Bee Smart, Bee Safe! 149

Water Bears 153

Part 6 Animal Abilities

Abandoned Acrobats 161

What's in a Name? 164

In the Snow 168

Music for Animals 171

Animals Who Imbibe 174

Do Animals Dream? 177

Window to the Wild 180

Different Information 183

Does Anybody Know What Time It Is? 186

Octopus: The MENSA Mollusk 190

Acknowledgments 193

Illustration Credits 195

Index 197

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