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Wild Moms: Motherhood in the Animal Kingdom

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Being a mom is a tough job—but imagine doing it in the jungle or out on the safari, faced by the ravages of the elements, a scarcity of resources and the threat of predators prowling at all times of the day and night. In Wild Moms, Dr. Carin Bondar takes readers on an enthralling tour of the animal kingdom as she explores the phenomenon of motherhood in the wild.

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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Pegasus Books
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Heather
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I decided to read this book because I thought it would be a good encompassing book of different animal mom’s and I was right. I appreciated learning about so many different animal motherhoods and her writing was full of research. I’m an animal lover but even I learned more about common animals that I thought I already had a good foundation on. The facts were fascinating but I give it four stars because sometimes it felt more like I was reading a fact sheet of bullet points than reading a fluid b ...more
Anthony Faber
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even motherhood in the animal kingdom is kind of brutish, although there are some bright spots (anthropomorphically speaking). It's not all cuddles, but the variety of ways that have evolved to reproduce is quite amazing.
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Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I found Wild Mom's wildly interesting. I am truly disturbed by "Silvana rated it did not like it, "I am truly disturbed by the degree of anthropomorphism in Dr. Bondar's writing which unfortunately makes the book unreadable." HUH?
Anthropomorphism; noun: the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object.
I hardly think that finding seemingly human characteristics is somehow negative. Further, I don’t think it was her intention to imply such. However, even if she did
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Carin Bondar is a PhD Biologist, author and TV/Web Host. She is a psychotherapist, jungle explorer, glass artist, former ballerina, TED speaker and mother of 4. Despite being fabulous, Dr. Carin is forgetful and sometimes disorganized. She loves to cook - and although dinner may reach the table later than usual, it's almost always delicious.

“There is another distinct advantage to being a female with a penis. Male hyenas cannot have sex with females unless the females retract their pseudopenises within their bodies (rather like turning a sock inside out) to create a cavity where a male can insert his penis. Unless a female retracts her pseudopenis, there will be zero chance for copulation. In the mammalian world, sexual coercion is extremely common, but due to this remarkable physical structure, it’s impossible for rape or sexual coercion to occur in hyenas. Males cannot have sex with females unless the females are interested parties. Consider that the hyena male’s inability to rape females is concurrent with an entirely female-dominated society. Coincidence? Hardly.” 0 likes
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