Unlikely Friendships: 50 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

By Jennifer S. Holland

It truly is precisely like Isaiah 11:6: “The wolf additionally shall reside with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the child . . . ” Written via National Geographic magazine author Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships records one heartwarming story after one other of animals who, with not anything else in universal, bond within the such a lot unforeseen methods. A cat and a chook. A mare and a fawn. An elephant and a sheep. A snake and a hamster. The well-documented tales of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten; and the hippo Owen and the tortoise Mzee. And nearly inexplicable tales of predators befriending prey—an Indian leopard slips right into a village each evening to sleep with a calf. A lionness moms a toddler oryx. Ms. Holland narrates the main points and arc of every tale, and likewise bargains insights into why—how the younger leopard, most likely motherless, sought maternal convenience with the calf, and the way a toddler oryx encouraged an identical mothering intuition within the lionness. Or, within the tale of Kizzy, a anxious retired Greyhound, and Murphy, a pink tabby, how cats and canines really comprehend every one other’s physique language. With Murphy’s friendship and help, Kizzy recovered from lifestyles as a racing puppy and have become a convinced, dependable kin pet.

These are the main remarkable friendships among species, amassed from world wide and documented in a variety of full-color candid pictures.

Show description

Quick preview of Unlikely Friendships: 50 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom PDF

Similar Animals books

Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived

Spanning seven a long time and 3 continents, Modoc is among the such a lot remarkable actual animal tales ever informed. Raised jointly in a small German circus city, a boy and an elephant shaped a bond that may final their complete lives, and will be proven repeatedly; via a near-fatal shipwreck within the Indian Ocean, an apprenticeship with the mythical Mahout elephant running shoes within the Indian teak forests, and their eventual upward push to circus stardom in Forties manhattan urban.

The Truth of Me

While Robbie spends the summer season at his grandmother Maddy's condominium, he revels in his grandmother's effortless, comfortable methods. Robbie has regularly felt as though whatever is lacking in his life—his mom and dad do not continuously act like they love him. Maddy is helping him remember that an event his mom had in the past is on the middle of the matter in his kin.

Relics: Travels in Nature's Time Machine

On any evening in early June, in the event you stand at the correct seashores of America’s East Coast, you could shuttle again in time the entire method to the Jurassic. For as you watch, millions of horseshoe crabs will emerge from the froth and scuttle up the seashore to their spawning grounds, as they’ve performed, approximately unchanged, for greater than 440 million years.

Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals

"Slobodchikoff's ground-breaking learn" (Jonathan Balcombe) exhibits us that animals have a lot to coach us approximately languageGroundbreaking learn has been performed instructing animals human language, yet what in regards to the opposite direction round? stories have proven that lizards, squid, monkeys, and birds are chatting with one another, speaking information regarding meals, predators, squabbles, and petty jealousies.

Extra info for Unlikely Friendships: 50 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

Show sample text content

2009} The Diver and the Manta Ray man or woman country: Animalia PHYLUM: Chordata category: Mammalia ORDER: Primates kin: Hominidae GENUS: Homo SPECIES: Homo sapiens MANTA RAY state: Animalia PHYLUM: Chordata category: Chondrichthyes ORDER: Myliobatiformes family members: Mobulidae GENUS: Manta SPECIES: Manta birostris Sean Payne has clocked hundreds of thousands of hours scuba diving within the sea, fortunately assembly numerous animals eye to eye, from minuscule reef shrimp to mammoth whale sharks. but if this dreadlocked boat captain talks a few specific come across with a manta ray, it’s as if he’s describing his old flame. He wasn’t out trying to find rays. Sean was once helping underwater photographers with a undertaking on goliath grouper, a occasionally 800-pound fish that stocks the ray’s setting off the Florida coast. He used to be diving at twilight on a shipwreck 90 ft down the place the massive fish congregate, shaking a rattle used to get the opposite divers’ awareness. “Suddenly, I observed this little black ray coming towards me,” he remembers. (Size is relative, in fact. grownup mantas, the most important rays, can develop to greater than 20 toes throughout and weigh a few 3,000 kilos. ) Rays are usually focused on divers, yet often the fish will sweep via and land at the sandy backside out of achieve. This one, a teen, it appears sought after a therapeutic massage from human arms. “She slipped correct up beneath me—I really needed to carry her off to maintain her from pushing opposed to me from beneath,” says Sean. “Her dermis felt like velvet textile stretched over ribs and muscle, a massive texture. ” The ray actually danced with the diver, best him in a weird and wonderful round tango that pressured her physique into his palms. As he ran his palms over her dermis, her wing tips vibrated like a dog’s leg in the course of a very reliable stomach scratch. “I was once so into the come upon by means of then, I couldn’t tear myself away,” Sean says. “The factor approximately rays is generally you'll want to chase them simply to get a detailed glance. the following used to be one who approached me by itself; she zeroed in on me and desired to be touched. It used to be as though I have been petting and assembly eyes with my German shepherd—I felt a true connection among us. really amazing. ” After a couple of minutes of man–fish bonding, Sean received the sign to come back to paintings, and reluctantly he moved away. The younger ray—standoffish towards the opposite divers—stayed within sight. And while Sean headed towards the outside (unlike his ray pal, he wishes air from above), she hovered correct under him as though ensuring he ascended correctly. “I used to be purported to be keeping underwater lighting fixtures at the goliath groupers as they spawned, for the photographers, and that i overlooked the whole lot as a result of the ray,” Sean says. “But it used to be so worthy it to have that have. ” He named the younger animal Marina after his daughter, “my different little lady. ” Sean’s loving angle towards the ray may need shocked a seagoer from some time past. In precedent days, manta rays, with their pointy fins, have been occasionally linked to the satan, and sailors informed stories of the animals jumping from the water and capsizing boats.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.70 of 5 – based on 13 votes