The Parrot's Lament : And Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence, and Ingenuity
The Parrot's Lament And Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue Intelligence and Ingenuity Author:Eugene Linden A gorilla shrewdly sells back a missing key chain to the highest bidder. An orangutan picks a lock to let himself out of his zoo enclosure and two elephants adopt a tag-team strategy to keep their handlers from putting them back into theirs. In The Parrot's Lament, noted environmentalist Eugene Linden offers more than one hundred true ane... more »cdotes about animal acts of cooperation, heroism, escape--even tales of deception or manipulation of human beings. Drawing on the first-person experiences of veterinarians, field biologists, researchers, and trainers, Linden has compiled a warmly entertaining and powerfully persuasive argument for animal consciousness that, while not human, far exceeds what humans usually grant animals. Scientifically sound and emotionally compelling, The Parrot's Lament contains remarkable stories that are sure to resonate with animal lovers, turning skeptics everywhere into believers.
"Eugene Linden reveals how animals demonstrate aspects of intelligence as they escape from, cheat, and outfox humans." --Time magazine
"These amazing true stories confirm what many of us always suspected--that animals would make better humans than most humans would." --Carl Hiaasen« less
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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.