Download E-books Buster's Diaries: The True Story of a Dog and His Man PDF

By Roy Hattersley

In 1996, Buster, a half-German Shepherd mutt, was once attacked through a goose in a public park. He defended himself-much to the detriment of the goose-who, regrettably, was once owned by means of the Queen, and Buster was once mentioned on fees. Grossly misrepresented through the media, he turned an speedy star. desirous to current his facet of the tale, he dictated his diaries to his guy, the lord who had followed him a 12 months past. the result's a delightfully humorous, occasionally touching romp via Buster's overcome adversity, a few puppy psychology, the strange education rituals the fellow plays, the soreness of his puppyhood, and, finally, a dog's pleasure at possessing a human.

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Download E-books Poseidon's Steed: The Story of Seahorses, From Myth to Reality PDF

By Helen Scales

A attention-grabbing trip with the ocean creature that has captured human mind's eye for millions of years

Poseidon?s Steed trails the seahorse via secluded waters around the globe in a kaleidoscopic background that mirrors man?s centuries-old fascination with the animal, sweeping from the reefs of Indonesia, in the course of the again streets of Hong Kong, and again in time to historical Greece and Rome. over the years, seahorses have surfaced in a few not going areas. We see them immortalized within the ornamental arts; in tribal folklore, literature, and old delusion; or even at the pages of the earliest clinical texts, prescribed to regard every little thing from dermis proceedings to baldness to flagging libido. Marine biologist Helen Scales eloquently exhibits that seahorses are certainly fish, although scientists have lengthy wondered over their unique anatomy, and their very unusual intercourse lives?male seahorses are the one men within the animal international that have childbirth!

Our first seahorse imaginings seemed six thousand years in the past on cave partitions in Australia. the traditional Greeks referred to as the seahorse hippocampus (half-horse, half-fish) and despatched it galloping throughout the oceans of mythology, pulling the ocean god Poseidon?s golden chariot. The seahorse has even been the heart of a modern day overseas artwork scandal: A two-thousand-year-old winged seahorse brooch used to be plundered via Turkish tomb raiders and bought to the Metropolitan Museum of artwork in New York.

A booklet that's as captivating because the seahorse itself, Poseidon?s Steed brings to lifestyles an aquatic treasure.

Seahorses lead quiet lives, tucked away out of sight at the seafloor. it's infrequent to trap a glimpse of a seahorse in its average habitat. yet whether few have visible one stay, those unique, likely prehistoric creatures exist fairly vividly in our imaginations they usually have mesmerized scientists, artists, and storytellers all through time with their otherworldly rarity.

Poseidon?s Steed is a sweeping trip that takes us from the coral reefs and seagrass meadows of Indonesia the place many seahorses makes their traditional habitat to the again streets of Hong Kong the place a thriving black industry seahorse alternate is hid. all through background, seahorses have surfaced in a few unforeseen locations and Scales additionally follows the seahorse again in time, from our such a lot rudimentary seahorse imaginings six thousand years in the past on cave partitions in Australia, to the myths of historical Greece.

Scientists have lengthy questioned over seahorses? strange anatomy and their very unusual intercourse lives. And male seahorses are the one men within the animal global that have childbirth! Seahorses aren't what scientists name a ?keystone? species. They depend on a fit ocean to outlive, however the marine atmosphere doesn't depend on them. yet their gentle attractiveness reminds us that we depend at the seas not just to fill our dinner plates, but additionally to feed our imaginations.

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Download E-books Doctor Dolittle's Delusion: Animals and the Uniqueness of Human Language PDF

By Stephen R. Anderson

Can animals learn a human language and use it to speak? Or is human language certain to people, simply as many advanced behaviors of different species are uniquely theirs? This engrossing booklet explores conversation and cognition in animals and people from a linguistic standpoint and asserts that animals will not be able to buying or utilizing human language.Stephen R. Anderson explains what's intended by means of verbal exchange, the variation among conversation and language, and the fundamental features of language. subsequent he examines various animal verbal exchange structures, together with bee dances, frog vocalizations, chook songs, and alarm calls and different vocal, gestural, and olfactory conversation between primates. Anderson then compares those to human language, together with signed languages utilized by the deaf. Arguing that makes an attempt to coach human languages or their equivalents to the nice apes haven't succeeded in demonstrating linguistic skills in nonhuman species, he concludes that animal verbal exchange systems—intriguing and sundry although they might be—do no longer contain the entire crucial houses of human language. Animals can converse, yet they can’t speak.

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Download E-books The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, a Devastating Oil Spill, and the Inspiring Story of the World's Largest Animal Rescue PDF

By Dyan deNapoli

On June 23, 2000, a boat foundered off the coast of Cape city, South Africa. the realm within which it sank, situated among of the most breeding colonies of the African penguin, threatened nearly 75,000 penguins, greater than forty percentage of the world’s inhabitants. inside hours after the send sank, seriously oiled penguins started to movement ashore onto within sight islands and seashores. As mom and dad have been not able to come to them, chicks left within the breeding colonies might slowly starve to demise. The speedily crushed penguin rehabilitation heart in Cape city positioned out a world demand support to the zoo and aquarium community, and deNapoli, a penguin keeper on the New England Aquarium, used to be one of the first workforce to reach. Her firsthand account of the rescue of the oiled penguins (all of whom fought opposed to their rescuers), repeated washing of every chook, force-feeding, and guano cleanup plunges the reader into the maelstrom of animal rescue and rehabilitation on this sort of huge scale.

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Download E-books Life of Pi PDF

By Yann Martel

The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic wisdom of animal habit and a fervent love of reports. whilst Pi is 16, his kinfolk emigrates from India to North the United States aboard a jap shipment send, in addition to their zoo animals certain for brand spanking new houses.

The send sinks. Pi unearths himself by myself in a lifeboat, his simply partners a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. quickly the tiger has dispatched all yet Pi, whose worry, wisdom, and crafty permit him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days whereas misplaced at sea. once they eventually achieve the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, by no means to be obvious back. the japanese experts who interrogate Pi refuse to think his tale and press him to inform them "the truth." After hours of coercion, Pi tells a moment tale, a narrative less fantastical, even more conventional--but is it extra true?

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Download E-books Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing PDF

By Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Kathryn Bowers

Within the spring of 2005, heart specialist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz was once referred to as to refer to on an strange sufferer: an Emperor tamarin on the l. a. Zoo. whereas studying the tiny monkey’s ill middle, she discovered that wild animals can die of a sort of cardiac arrest caused by severe emotional rigidity. It was once a syndrome similar to a human yet one who veterinarians known as via a unique name—and taken care of in leading edge methods.

This impressive scientific parallel introduced Natterson-Horowitz on a trip of discovery that reshaped her whole method of drugs. She started to look for different connections among the human and animal worlds: Do animals get breast melanoma, anxiety-induced fainting spells, sexually transmitted ailments? Do they be afflicted by obsessive-compulsive disease, bulimia, habit?

The solutions have been staggering. Dinosaurs suffered from mind melanoma. Koalas capture chlamydia. Reindeer search narcotic get away in hallucinogenic mushrooms. Stallions self-mutilate. Gorillas adventure medical melancholy.

becoming a member of forces with technology journalist Kathryn Bowers, Natterson-Horowitz employs attention-grabbing case reports and meticulous scholarship to offer a revelatory figuring out of what animals can train us in regards to the human physique and brain. “Zoobiquity” is the time period the authors have coined to consult a brand new, species-spanning method of wellbeing and fitness. Delving into evolution, anthropology, sociology, biology, veterinary technological know-how, and zoology, they holiday down the partitions among disciplines, redefining the bounds of medicine.

Zoobiquity explores how animal and human commonality can be utilized to diagnose, deal with, and heal sufferers of all species. either authoritative and available, providing state-of-the-art learn via attractive narratives, this provocative publication encourages us to work out our crucial connection to all dwelling beings.

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Download E-books The Winged Colt of Casa Mia PDF

By Betsy Byars

There’s no such factor as a colt with wings—is there?

When Charles arrives at his Uncle Coot’s Texas ranch from again East, he’s certain that books have taught him every little thing he must find out about horses. He desires to turn out he’s a cowboy similar to his uncle, a retired motion picture stunt rider, who understands Charles is out of his point. but if a neighbor’s mare offers delivery to a stunning colt with wings, Charles and Coot observe that they either have even more to benefit. They develop to like the colt, named Alado, or “Winged One.” nonetheless, it’s no effortless feat taking care of a legendary creature, in particular whilst it may well fly. Can Charles and Coot defend Alado—and each one other? This booklet positive factors an illustrated biography of Betsy Byars together with infrequent pictures from the author’s own assortment.

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Download E-books Nature Photography: Insider Secrets from the World's Top Digital Photography Professionals PDF

Have you questioned what it's that pro photographers do day in and trip that allows them to take continuously compelling photographs? Or concept that unravelling the insider secrets and techniques of the pros may perhaps motivate you? This book takes a modern and cutting edge method of revealing the day by day behavior of the world's so much profitable natural world, panorama and macro photographers, divulging the center abilities and strategies during which they excel.

This e-book is filled complete with professional recommendation taken from the world's prime execs without delay from the sector. it's going to empower the improvement of your abilities to a pro point and fireplace your mind's eye. beginning with the fundamentals of ways to plot a worthwhile box journey (whether in the neighborhood or afar) for in the future or a month, and protecting all points of digital camera dealing with and photographic approach together with: find out how to make ideal exposures whenever, ascertain pin-sharp photographs of relocating matters, decipher the complexities of digital camera menus and controls, and holiday during the mysteries of composition.

And, having discovered the secrets and techniques to good fortune, the publication maps out a few easy but strong picture routines and self-assignments to inspire you to discover all aspects of electronic images and positioned into perform the basic abilities that might make you, too, a hugely profitable photographer.

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Download E-books Animal Magnetism: My Life with Creatures Great and Small PDF

By Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown’s earliest reminiscence is of the soothing purr of Mickey, her family’s long-haired tiger cat, who curled up and claimed a place in her crib. From there, a gentle parade of cats, canine, horses, and all demeanour of 2- and four-legged critters have walked, galloped, and flown into and during her global. In Animal Magnetism, the bestselling writer stocks the teachings she’s discovered from those extraordinary creatures in addition to her deep appreciation for them.

Brown with no trouble admits that she prefers the corporate of animals to humans, a trait passed down from her mom. finally, Brown explains, “There’s no such factor as a dumb puppy, yet God is aware there are continents packed with dumb humans.” in reality, through watching the canine on her farm, the horses in her stables, and the cats that experience helped her flesh out her many novels, Brown has won higher perception into herself and different human beings–one want in basic terms examine a chook coop, she as soon as learned, to determine its outstanding similarity to her mother’s clucking and preening staff of friends.

In hilarious and heartwarming tales, Brown introduces us to Franklin, a parrot with a depraved humorousness; R.C., a brave Doberman who outlined loyalty and sacrifice; Suzie Q, the pony who taught her the that means of labor; child Jesus, a difficult tiger cat from big apple urban with sharp the teeth to check his perspective; and naturally the loved and prolific Sneaky Pie, who wishes no creation to her legions of lovers. In her succinct and personable kind, Brown additionally revisits the very human components of her life–growing up within the segregated South, facing the soreness and the lack of these dearest to her, and entering her personal as an grownup and as a writer.

Every recollection the following finds nature’s satisfaction and wonder–and deals good proof of the power of animals to like. As humorous because it is poignant, Animal Magnetism exhibits how those inspiring creatures, nice and small, can carry out the simplest in us, restoration us to our better selves, or even retailer our lives.

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