by Lucy Cooke
History is full of strange animal stories invented by the brightest and most influential, from Aristotle to Disney. But when it comes to understanding animals, we've got a long way to go. Whether we're watching a viral video of romping baby pandas or looking at a picture of penguins 'holding hands', we often project our own values - innocence, abstinence, hard work - onto animals.
So you've probably never considered that moose get drunk and that penguins are notorious cheats. In The Unexpected Truth About Animals Zoologist Lucy unravels many such myths - that eels are born from sand, that swallows hibernate under water, and that bears gave birth to formless lumps that are licked into shape by their mothers - to show that the stories we create reveal as much about us as they do about the animals. Astonishing, illuminating and laugh-out-loud funny.
"Endlessly fascinating" - Bill Bryson
"Eye-opening, informative and very funny!" - Chris Packham
"Well-informed and downright funny" - Richard Dawkins
Shortlisted for the 2018 Royal Society Investment Science Book Prize
Size: 196 x 129 x 31 (mm)
Publisher: Transworld Publishers