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Animals Behaving Badly: Boozing Bees, Cheating Chimps, Dogs with Guns, and Other Beastly True Tales Paperback – October 4, 2011
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-Matthew Inman, TheOatmeal.com and author of 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth
About the Author
Visit her website and the Animals Behaving Badly blog at www.lindalombardi.com
Top Customer Reviews
With my background and longstanding interest in behavioral biology, I was familiar with almost all of the behaviors described in this book but they seem so different when discussed in a dispassionate, scientific parlance. Lombardi's quirky sense of humor (also on display in her novel, The Sloth's Eye) puts a whole new spin on things. Looked at in this new light, some animal behavior is hilarious, some disturbing and some just plain disgusting.
When Lombardi compares the bad behavior of the animals in the book to human behavior, it doesn't matter how badly the animals behave, the humans still come off looking worse, although not in any kind of lecturing or preachy mode, just a little bit of introspection.
As a major capybara affictionado, I was relieved that capybaras only make two quick cameo appearances, both on the (slightly) positive side.
Animal facts aside, Linda's writing throughout the books is entertaining and engaging. If I do have a complaint, it's that I no longer view dolphins, hummingbirds, and chimpanzees the same way. :)
I highly recommend this book.
If you're an animal lover, you will enjoy this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tongue-in-cheek stories about the real world of animals. Who knew they could be so bad, and so funny at the same time? Fun read!Published on May 16, 2014 by Donna S Scott
I got this as a gift for a friend, so I haven't read it myself, but she loved it! As soon as she finishes it, I will be reading it too.Published on February 28, 2014 by Katie Richmond
I had to keep interrupting my husband from whatever he was doing, saying, "You MUST listen to this! Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by M.L. Madison
Good read, this book has a proud place right next to the head. Seven more words are needed before I can post. DonePublished on September 10, 2013 by Big John
I feel bad about giving this book even one star.The author tries to make a case that all animals are inherently evil, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by Gene Sandow