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

3.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  92 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
There's a lot that animals don't want you to know, and the better their public image, the worse their secrets are: gang-rapist dolphins; lazy, infanticidal lions; and, of course, our own dogs, who eat our money, set our houses on fire, and in more than one case, actually shoot their owners with guns.
"Animals Behaving Badly" shows that animals are just like us: gluttonous,
ebook, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Perigee Books
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Cute. Cuddly. Deadly.

Infidelity? Hitting the sauce? Neglecting the kids?
Animals have more in common with humans than you might imagine.

They even like porn.

There are documented instances of lab monkeys paying fruit juice to see pictures of female monkey butt.

They are in no way "dumb" animals. Their hijinks are often ingenious and they are capable of long-range planning. One captive orangutan bribed the occupant of the next cage to provide a piece of wire he needed to affect his escape. Baboons in
Oct 06, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults, humor, animal behavior
Just started reading this and enjoying it so far. Seems animals really do behave badly.

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 Eyes) puts a whole new spin on things. Looked at i
I received this very funny book through the GoodReads first reads program.
Less a book and more a collection of news articles and 'fun facts' laced together. It contained a whole world of information arguing that nature with its 'great and noble beasts' is perhaps, not really so noble after all. Additionally, perhaps humans aren't really so socially and emotionally evolved as we tend to think. Many of the stories are of animals committing a distilled version of some crime generally thought of as
Jul 08, 2013 Meaghan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful chunk of animal trivia here. Serial rapist ducks, murderous dolphins ("stop putting them on t-shirts and start putting them on trial!"), bears committing muggings, and so on. My favorite story was the one about the orangutan who persuaded the orang in the next cage to give him the filament from a light bulb, folded the filament in just the right way, kept it in his cheek all day and then once the zookeepers left at night, used it to unlock his cage and let himself out.
The great thing about this book is the tone. You can see some nut job using this as a manifesto. Lombardi’s tone is one part mocking “take up arms” and another part Animal Planet/Discovery Channel. Yet, her love for animals, not romanticized animals, but animals shines out.
Nov 05, 2011 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is disappointing. Rather than an original cautionary compendium about nature, it is an amalgamation of previously published web-materials about stupid humans caught in nature.

The title is titillating, suggesting a sort of “Bad Girls Gone Wild” offering. “Behaving badly,” however, implies a moral judgment according to human standards. Whether domestic or wild, animals act within their natures. It is human proclivity that we anthropomorphize animals, consider them cute and cuddly, remain
Jan 07, 2012 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Funny? You betcha. True? Seems so. She used newspaper reports as her sourcces. But, if someone behaves badly, that implies they know what's good behavior and what isn't. Hummingbirds body-slamming each other at a feeder just want the sweet stuff for themselves. Nobody taught them to share. It's tough making a living so if humans, for what hummingbirds can only consider bizarrre reasons, hang nectar on trees, every hummingbird in sight wants at it. They have to fight for their rights, don't they? ...more
Jun 30, 2012 g-na rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biology-zoology
I picked this up hoping for some funny stories, preferably at the expense of humans. And sure, there are some in here, but the overall tone of the book leaves me feeling a bit uncomfortable--I can't decide if the author loves or hates animals, and the fact it may be the latter really bothers me.

As a biologist I am well aware that humans are by no means the only species who murders, rapes, cheats, etc., so there are few surprises here. I do completely agree with the common criticism expressed by
Susan Walker
This is a fun/interesting book. It is filled with fun facts and stories about animals, and often humans too. Everyone can learn something from this book.
Jun 27, 2016 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Humor - 3 stars, Content - 4 stars, Research - 5 stars

This wasn't as funny as I expected, but it still was worth the read. The chapters were hit or miss to me; the funny chapters were really funny, and other chapters a bit too much. If the following sound funny to you, then this is your book.
- Baboons breaking into a home to in search of a snack and throwing fruit at a young kid while he frantically called mom for help.
- A cat stealing underpants off clotheslines and the ensuing neighborhood
My feelings about this book are conflicted. On one hand, I'm sure any animal lover loves a good "animals being bad" story as we find them charming.

However this book tells all the tales as if the author does not like animals and is highlighting these incidents as reasons to not to like them. I'm sure it's meant as satire but it fails utterly.

The tale that was the deciding point for me was one I recognized that happened in LA during a rather intense rain storm. If you lived in the area, you coul
Mar 30, 2014 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This book, like many these days, is based on a website. Linda Lombardi runs, which is a collection of short stories, or articles, about the crazy things that animals do.

The book features more of these, and some are more disturbing than others. There are the dogs that somehow manage to drive cars, dogs that shoot people with guns, bees that get drunk, and how other animals find a high.

It's a very short, quick read, and if you are interested in learning more about
Oct 28, 2011 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. Other reviewers who commented on her applying human values to animal behavior perhaps didn't understand that the whole book is written tongue-in-cheek. It's written with a wink and a nod
Dec 04, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This is a lighthearted and funny book about the misdeeds of animals. I often laughed out loud about the amusing adventures of the animals particularly the section on the intelligent chimps and orangutangs. It is a very short read though and can be finished in a couple of hours. My one critique would be that sometimes the author just lists a series of misdeeds without providing further details. I preferred it when more detail was given and each event was treated as its own mini story. Overall a v ...more
A laff riot. Recommended.
Jan 08, 2015 Misty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
TOO FUNNY! my friend and i have been reading this on our breaks at work everyday since i recieved the book free on Goodreads firs reads, it was enjoyable and down right hilarious :) We would sometimes go back to work in tears from laughing so hard. She told me she needed to get a copy for herself because the book was such a page turner and held so many fun facts that she wanted to be able to share them with her family. A sequel i hope is in the making because i would def read another one of thes ...more
Jan 20, 2014 Rmry68 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would be a good read for pet owners and animal lovers, but probably a bit surprising. Definitely not a cute little book of stories about dogs eating barbie doll heads and wine corks and such (which is definitely what I was expecting).
Davia Johnson
Oct 20, 2011 Davia Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to get a copy of this free from Goodreads. It is mostly a collection of news items about animals behaving badly lol. Yes, I had heard about some of the animal antics previously, but to have them and others compiled into one book is nice. I love animals--even the "bad" ones--so this was an enjoyable book for me. One thing though...I think the title is a little bit unfair to animals because after all they are animals and really who in "their world" says it's bad :)

Jun 07, 2016 TJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this book thinking it would be a collection of funny animal anecdotes. Unfortunately it goes into animals really bad behavior and disturbing sexual behavior. This included stories of animal rape and murder. At times I was very sad reading this book and I had to force myself to finish. The only part of the book I enjoyed were the animal drawings, very cute. If I had been expecting, sad and upsetting stories about animals, I may have enjoyed this book more.
Oct 26, 2011 Jeanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. The name is what made me pick this book to read. I mean really... Animals Behaving Badly. Boozing Bees, Cheating Chimps, Dogs with Guns, and Other Beastly True Tales. Doesn't that just peak your interest some?! I'm actually glad I did get a chance to read it. It was hilarious. I enjoyed getting to giggle at some of the dumb things animals/humans do. But I have to wonder about the author's feelings toward animals. lol Definitely worth a quick read. :)
Sep 29, 2011 Alana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, 2011
halirous!! intresting collection of bad animal stories. died of laughter about the dog eating the dead bees and pooping them out for days! and yes dolphins ARE bastards and one shouldn't let the cute smile fool you. same with hummingbirds. great book for anyone who loves animals and could use some 'enlightenment' or just wants a good laugh with 'just the facts, ma'ma.' very quick read too.

(Recieved free through Goodreads First Reads)
Nov 17, 2011 Ron rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, nature
Fun, well documented book with a quirky look at animal behavior. I really enjoyed the cartoons and the documentation for follow-up research of particular cases. She briefly mentioned a fact about an ape called Fu Manchu who was an escape artist that I had not heard on the WNYC Radiolab podcast on the same animal - he acquired the tool with the help of a female conspirator. Read at your own risk.
Sara Huard
Sep 29, 2011 Sara Huard rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Animal Lovers
I received this book as part of the first reads program. I must say that I was very excited to dig right in. The book is very easy to get through and jam packed with information. It's very much like a collection of news clippings and fun facts about animals; and it was nice to see the "bad" side of non-humans (especially the cute and fuzzy bunnies.)
This book was not what I thought it would be. While there is interesting research, I feel that animals were too harshly judged by human standards. Also, I wasn't entertained; instead, I was pretty bored and disappointed.
Mar 01, 2012 Prudence rated it really liked it
Pretty darn funny. However, if this is all you read about the animal kingdom, you will not completely appreciate our wild neighbors. They may not always be nice, but neither are we.
I expected this book to be more little stories about animals behaving badly. But it was a cute enough story. I like how it made animals these malicious villians.
Jennifer Reierson
Feb 29, 2012 Jennifer Reierson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This was enjoyable, especially as a pet owner -- it's nice to know there's worse animals out there on the days my cat and dog decide to act like the spawn of Satan.
Nov 06, 2013 Cori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This felt like a dumbed-down version of Gordon Grice's Deadly Kingdom: The Book Of Dangerous Animals. I should have just reread that.
Apr 02, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Educational. Funny at times. Are you kidding me info. The title alone grabbed me. The contents inside not a disappointment.
Alexandra Joy
Obviously based on the title it does not shed much good light on animals, and this is indeed the case.
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