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Animals Behaving Badly by Linda Lombardi
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Jun 30, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: biology-zoology
Read in June, 2012

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 others: "bad" behaviour is an anthropomorphism and fitting animal behaviour into the construct of good/bad is unfair as they are not aware of that paradigm.

I do give the author kudos for her research and notes section.
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