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

By Linda Lombardi

There is a lot that animals don't desire you to grasp, and the higher their public photo, the more severe their secrets and techniques are: gang-rapist dolphins; lazy, infanticidal lions; and, after all, our personal canines, who devour our cash, set our homes on fireplace, and in additional than one case, truly shoot their vendors with guns.

Animals Behaving Badly indicates that animals are only like us: gluttonous, egocentric, violent, lustful, and consistently searching for no 1. utilizing anecdotes from the inside track and from clinical study, Linda Lombardi pokes enjoyable at our softhearted preconceptions approximately animals, makes us suppose a bit greater approximately humanity's basest impulses, and painlessly teaches us a piece extra approximately our hairy and feathered friends.

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  • Bees love alcohol: even, says one researcher, greater than collage scholars
  • Pandas get pleasure from pornographic movies-they're rather aroused through the soundtrack-and macaques pays with juice to examine soiled photographs
  • A rabbit who lives in a pub in England is hooked on playing with a slot computer
  • African elephants raised via teenage moms shape violent early life gangs

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PERVERTS WITH FINS Dolphin specialist Karen Pryor has saw, “the sentimental view that those animals are risk free stems no less than partly from the truth that they're frequently within the water and we're often on boats or dry land: they can’t get at us. ” yet whereas such a lot folks have the experience to not stroll as much as a lion at the savannah, many are deluded adequate to purposely get within the water with dolphins, and that’s the place the issues commence. certain, many swim clear of their dolphin encounters unhurt, sharing tales of “unconditional love, peace, and bliss” as they regarded into that smiling cetacean face. There are even tales of necessary dolphins saving determined people from drowning. although, as multiple rational person has saw, there’s a wide hole within the facts; you’re unlikely to listen to from the folk who the dolphins push clear of shore. notwithstanding, there were sufferers of dolphin hostility who lived to inform the sobering real story. A dolphin named Georges turned a vacationer charm at a harbor in England within the early 2000s, attracting hundreds of thousands to monitor him and swim with him. All really nice and doubtless stable for the neighborhood economy—until Georges started to express what used to be delicately defined as “an dangerous curiosity” in divers. to place it extra bluntly, Georges was once trying to mate with them. knowledgeable who used to be referred to as in, conversant in the male dolphin courtship strategies defined above, warned of the risk: “When dolphins get sexually excited, they struggle to isolate a swimmer, as a rule girl. They do that through circling round the person and progressively flow them clear of the seashore, boat or crowd of individuals. ” undesirable adequate if you’re a feminine dolphin—for a human, which will be drowned. viewers have been warned of the chance, yet they continued, hearing those that referred to as their encounters a “miracle” and “most impressive factor I’ve ever performed” rather than to people who have been bitten, hospitalized, or observed their little ones driven into deep water. As a rescue diver stated in exasperation, “It’s really visible that individuals have become harm and they're getting out of the water yet quarter-hour later they're getting again in. ” 8 With pals Like those . . . IF canines ARE MAN’S ally, OUR SPECIES must TAKE a troublesome examine our vanity challenge. dogs undesirable habit is so regimen that there's a complete style of self-help literature for dealing with it. hundreds of thousands of phrases were written approximately supplying transparent effects and to ensure that canines don’t get a unfastened trip. however the suggestion is going unheeded time and again: One examine that wagging tail and unhappy eyes, and we pat them at the head and forgive them. Then the minute we flip our backs they’re at it back, knocking over the trash, peeing at the carpet, and chewing our possessions to shreds. And as we’ll see during this bankruptcy, that stuff is simply the beginning. Don’t we should be with a person who treats us higher? Take a troublesome examine the proof, and perhaps you’ll consider empowered to take step one out of this dysfunctional dating.

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