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Beauty in the Beasts: True Stories of Animals Who Choose to Do Good (reprint) Paperback – May 13, 2002
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An irresistible journey of discovery, science, history, and myth making, told through the lives and afterlives of seven famous human ancestors. Learn more
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I READ THIS BOOK NEARLY IN ONE SITTING. I never turned on the TV at all. The Stories In This Book Are Filled WIth Emotions, Ours And The Animals. Who Ever Says Animals Have No Feelings Has None Themselves!
217 Pages Of Stories That Will BE With You A Very Long Time.
One story about a 209- pound potbellied pig who threw herself into traffic to get someone to stop for her human who was lying on the floor in her house having a heart attack will be with me always.
The woman fell and could not help herself. This pig ran out a dog door too small for her and tried to attract attention. Not having any luck she ran back through the dog door to keep tabs on her human. She cut herself up on the dog door going back and forth several times. Finally the pig went out into traffic and threw herself in front of traffic to get someone to stop. When they did she got up and ran for the house making sure the person was following her.
The woman was saved and the pig was treated for her own wounds. Both recovered.
A horse named Beauty who just had a foal and ran to be with her companions but there was a strong current in the river that caught her foal. She ran back to get her baby when her human dove in after the foal. He was swept away and the mare dove in the waters, pushed the man close to the bank so he could get out of the freezing water. She then dove back in and got her foal to safety on an island in the middle of the river.
These stories will make you feel your own emotions, cry, laugh, and they will make you appreciate the critter you have even more.
One in my own pack is a small Rat Terrier who in his mind, thinks he is a Great Dane.Read more ›
Von Kreisler admits in the introduction that 'animal courage' stories are not the stuff of scientific inquiry -- not yet anyway. Science is still more concerned with putting animals in cages, testing them with various horrors, and then dissecting them to look for physiological changes. The idea that non-humans could share anything with humankind besides 90% of our genes is frowned upon by a deeply-conservative scientific community, which is still struggling out of biblical tree-of-life and dominion-over-earth strictures.
So if von Kreisler occasionally seems breathlessly willing to ascribe every maternal instinct to conscious intention, she can be forgiven for overstatement to make a point. And after 200 pages of amazing-if-true examples, the evidence behind her argument develops a weight which is hard to deny.
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The premise of the book is clearly defined in the title -- it doesn't make a claim to be scientific discovery, rather the book consists of compelling and overwhelming anecdotal... Read morePublished on January 30, 2008 by Nick Graham