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de Lucy Cooke

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Mary Roach meets Bill Bryson in this "surefire summer winner" (Janet Maslin, New York Times), an uproarious tour of the basest instincts and biggest mysteries of the animal world Humans have gone to the Moon and discovered the Higgs boson, but when it comes to understanding animals, we've still got a long way to go. Whether we're seeing a viral video of romping baby pandas or a picture of penguins "holding hands," it's hard for us not to project our own values--innocence, fidelity, temperance, hard work--onto animals. So you've probably never considered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on their mates, or worker ants lay about. They do--and that's just for starters. In The Truth About Animals, Lucy Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to meet everyone from a Colombian hippo castrator to a Chinese panda porn peddler, all to lay bare the secret--and often hilarious--habits of the animal kingdom. Charming and at times downright weird, this modern bestiary is perfect for anyone who has ever suspected that virtue might be unnatural.… (més)
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Títol:The truth about animals : [stoned sloths, lovelorn hippos, and other tales from the wild side of wildlife]
Autors:Lucy Cooke
Informació:[New York] : Hachette Audio, [2018]
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The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife de Lucy Cooke

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A lot of fun to read. A lot of interesting info about various animals, along with funny bits about how they have been misrepresented by naturalists in the past. ( )
  steve02476 | Jan 3, 2023 |
Written with an irreverence tempered by passion, Cooke exposes the secrets of thirteen well known animals, drawing from historical sources, current research, and her own knowledge and experience.

Here are just a few of the unexpected truths I learned:

* Despite billions of dollars and the best of modern technology, we still are not certain how or where the Anguilla anguilla (Eel) reproduce.
* The sloth’s neck has more vertebrae than any other mammal’s, even the giraffe’s.
* Vultures have been used to detect gas leaks in pipelines
* To determine how bats are able to fly in the dark, Italian Catholic priest Lazzaro Spallanzani experimented by systematically removing their eyeballs, plugging their ears and noses, cutting off their tongues, and coating them in varnish.
* From the 1940s through to the 1960s the world’s first reliable pregnancy test came courtesy of a small, bug-eyed frog. When injected with a pregnant woman’s urine, the amphibian squirted out eggs eight to twelve hours later to confirm a positive result.
* Storks were exterminated in Britain because the church was offended by the ‘pagan’ belief that they played a part in bringing a couple a baby.
* Hippopotamuses secrete a substance that is acts as sunscreen, fly repellent and antiseptic.
* Pandas might look cute and harmless but the powerful muscles in the panda’s cheeks deliver a bite force almost equal to a lion’s.
* Adélie penguins exchange sex for pebbles from single males to shore up their nests.

And so much more! I’ve shared some of the tamer revelations here because, among other things, the sex lives of desperate male penguins are a little disturbing. This is definitely not a book for prudes, or anyone who prefers the Disney version of animals.

Witty, informative and utterly fascinating, The Unexpected Truths About Animals is an engrossing read. Highly recommended ( )
  shelleyraec | Nov 22, 2022 |
What a ride. Cooke covers 13 animals that the myths that have persisted about them over the centuries, debunking and setting the record straight. I’m going to be straight with you: there are a lot of testicles involved, both in the myths and the realities. I’d like to say that the truth is stranger than the fiction, but really, it’s a dead heat between the two when it comes to these particular animals. By far the funniest, to me, was the beaver; the most tragic, the panda bears, which are, from the looks of it, being loved into extinction.

The writing is very engaging and there’s a lot of cheeky humor; hard to avoid when there are so many testicles involved. I found myself reading so much of this aloud to MT, because much of what I read fascinated me. Some of it I was already familiar with (penguin necrophilia, most of the information about the frogs) but a lot of it was new and I’m now totally fascinated by the possibilities of hippo sweat.

A fun read if you like animals and are an armchair scientist with a sense of humor. ( )
  murderbydeath | Feb 10, 2022 |
This book is peppered with the kind of play on words and constant humorous asides that I know is supposed to appeal to a broader audience, but often falls flat with me, or just gets to be annoying. Regardless, it was an engaging read, just for all the facts about animals that were new to me. Although this book is more about human misconceptions of animals- going back into history in that regard- than new findings. It’s proving wrong erroneous ideas (some very archaic and absurd) that we've had about many iconic or well-known creatures. The author focuses on just a few animals: the eel, hyena, vulture, sloth, beaver, panda, stork, frog, moose, hippopotamus, penguin, chimpanzee and bat (not in that order). In most cases, the author aims to show how animals are exactly the opposite of what people always assume- vultures may seem disgusting but they’re very valuable for cleaning up and halting disease spread, pandas aren’t bumbling idiots when it comes to mating- too many in captivity were imprinted on humans, or paired with the wrong gender! Penguins are not very faithful to their mates, sloths are incredibly energy-efficient, and vampire bats share blood with their friends. I didn’t learn the kind of facts I expected to from this book, but they were fascinating anyways! what really made me cringe was reading about all the experiments people did trying to figure out how bats nagivated in the dark, or if vultures could smell anything- early investigations into animal abilities sounded downright cruel. Also people used to believe the craziest things: that swallows hibernated in the mud underwater, or storks flew to the moon, for example. Moose get drunk on apples, beavers sometimes are killed by the trees they cut down, hyenas commit siblicide, and so much more. Fun stuff.

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  jeane | Jan 4, 2022 |
In her book, "The Truth About Animals", Lucy Cooke tells a number of interesting stories about a variety of different animals, including sloths, beavers, hyenas, bats, vultures, storks, pandas, hippos, frogs, moose, chimps, and penguins. She looks at several strange ancient beliefs, misunderstandings, and odd attributions peoples had about these animals through the ages, how then tells how those erroneous beliefs were discarded as further tests and experiments revealed new information. For the very curious, there's also some R-rated titillating information about the animal's private parts and sexual practices. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
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Mary Roach meets Bill Bryson in this "surefire summer winner" (Janet Maslin, New York Times), an uproarious tour of the basest instincts and biggest mysteries of the animal world Humans have gone to the Moon and discovered the Higgs boson, but when it comes to understanding animals, we've still got a long way to go. Whether we're seeing a viral video of romping baby pandas or a picture of penguins "holding hands," it's hard for us not to project our own values--innocence, fidelity, temperance, hard work--onto animals. So you've probably never considered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on their mates, or worker ants lay about. They do--and that's just for starters. In The Truth About Animals, Lucy Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to meet everyone from a Colombian hippo castrator to a Chinese panda porn peddler, all to lay bare the secret--and often hilarious--habits of the animal kingdom. Charming and at times downright weird, this modern bestiary is perfect for anyone who has ever suspected that virtue might be unnatural.

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