I enjoyed reading this book because I love a good mix of animal stories and human musings about them. It fills my deep seated need to wonder what the heck my dog is thinking when she barks at my broom.
This book has few mentions of dogs in it, however; you'll have to look elsewhere for the dog stories. This one is heavier on the side of wild animals, zoo residents, and members of the ape family in particular. I still enjoyed it and I think anyone over the age of, say, twelve, will enjoy this. It has some clinical parts and discussions of animal psychology that might bore a child.
A book that attempts to pose and answer the age old questions about animal intelligence and emotion. Do animals rationalize? Do they think? What is going on in the mind of a cat while she's saving her kittens from a burning building?Just what are they feeling?
Those of us who have been lucky enough to share our lives with animals - especially parrots - will enjoy this glimpse into the secret lives of animals. Through accounts from zoos and other animal workers, you'll be amazed and perhaps ashamed by the great wisdom and tenderness that is presented time and again by animals that are in large part under our lock and key. The book occasionally strays into some dry theory, but largely it is an enjoyable read for anyone that believes there's more going on in those heads than "polly wants a cracker".
I read somewhere that, in the wild, monkeys do not eat bananas, although biologists to give bananas to them and they do eat them then. Moral of this story: beware of stereotypical animal behaviour. This book is full of tales of natural animal intelligence, cooperation and invention, some in the wild, some not. I was amazed by some of the incidents. Intesting and though provoking. Told with humour and full of adventure.