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"This book is educational, hilarious, and it makes me wish it was legal to participate in cage fighting with an endangered species."
-Matthew Inman, TheOatmeal.com and author of  5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth

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.
Visit her website and the Animals Behaving Badly blog at www.lindalombardi.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Original edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399536973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399536977
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,905,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Melanie D. Typaldos on October 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you think this is a children's book, think again.

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.
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This book was awesome because it gave me all sorts of alibis for arson and such. Who knew animals were such terrific scape-goats?
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I loved this book. Like other reviewers have said, it is a collection of a wide range of stories, facts, and statistics designed to give us a peek at the dark underbelly of wildlife that has otherwise been placed on a pedestal.

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.
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There's a reason we turn to a boorish idiot and say, "Stop acting like such an animal!" It's the same reason why grandmothers wipe up muddy footprints and demand to know, "Were you born in a barn?" Animals act like animals! Lombardi's book is a very humorous look at times that animals act like...well...ANIMALS! It's by pure coincidence that I picked up the mail while chatting on the phone with my mother; my mom had found a recipe for cookies on PetCo's website and quite honestly couldn't tell if the cookies were intended for people or for dogs! The recipe was tucked in among tidbits on how to make your pet a part of family game night and an advertisement for cutsie pajamas so your dog could unwrap presents with the family on Christmas morning. They're animals! And Lombardi's book takes a quirky tongue-in-cheek look at evidence that proves it. A fun read!
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Linda Lombardi is a clever, clever woman. "The lady doth protest too much, methinks" (at least in its modern re-interpretation) applies to her work in this entertaining read. As you flick through anecdotes, new clippings, and observations on the comical misadventures between man and beast the words consistently say the animal is at fault; in truth it is anthropomorphism and our own collective delusions about the supposed nobility of nature that she is skewering. Highly recommended.
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I LOVE animals and find these short narratives about their "naughtiness" hysterical. I laugh-out-loud *at least* twice a page and find each chapter very entertaining.

If you're an animal lover, you will enjoy this book.
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