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Bats Sing, Mice Giggle: The Surprising Science of Animals' Inner Lives [Paperback]

Karen Shanor , Jagmeet Kanwal
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1 Sep 2011
"Bats Sing, Mice Giggle" tracks many years of research by hundreds of scientists that reveals how wild animals, as well as pets, have inner, secret lives of which until recently - although many animal lovers will have instinctively believed it - we have had little proof. The authors show how animal 'friends' stay in touch, and how they warn and help each other in times of danger; how some animals problem-solve as or in some instances even more effectively than humans - and how they regulate, create, and entertain themselves and others. They show how animals express grief and reverence in ways we never thought possible. From the sleep patterns of some owls, birds and horses, as well as porpoises, who go to sleep in only one half of their brains at a time; to how schools of electric fish give off complex signals of one frequency to communicate with their mates and another frequency to locate their prey, and how Polar bears tune into quantum 'radio stations' to sense prey as far away as ten miles and under the snow, "Bats Sing, Mice Giggle" provides an unparalleled insight into animals' secret lives.


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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd; Rev Upd edition (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848312237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848312234
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 999,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Amazing, moving and enlightening. 'Bats Sing, Mice Giggle' presents the latest findings on the intimate lives of animals with great elegance. I recommend it wholeheartedly.' -- Larry King 'Fascinating book...much to discover and some intriguing surprises.' -- Choice 'Packed with amazing research' -- School House Magazine 'Wonderful ... In the delightful process of discovering the secret skills of our living cousins, so crisply and clearly described in this book, each filled with their quirky spectacular capacities ... [my] sense of our place in the scheme of things has been infused with joyful awe.' -- The National Institute for Play

About the Author

Karen Shanor is a clinical psychologist, former White House consultant and an advisory member for Discovery Channel's Animal Planet programs. She hosted an NBC radio program for five years and appears frequently on Larry King Live, CBS Nightly News, Dateline, The Today Show and Oprah, and is a regular contributor to CNN. Jag Kanwal is an internationally recognized neuroethologist and was among the first to perform magnetic resonance imaging in awake animals.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Never seemed to go into any detail 14 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
I was quite disappointed by this book. I was expecting a number of intriguing tales about animals similar to those found in the excellent BBC series (The Life of Mammals, Life in the Undergrowth) instead the whole book read like an introduction, never going into enough detail.

The book would give a line to reference to some extraordinary animal but then would never explain further. In the few places where it did go into more detail, the writing became overly technical and heavy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HUMAN & ANIMAL 11 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
Superb book and a must read for all who are fond of animals. It also shows where our own characteristics come from and how close we are to the "animal kingdom".
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A batty book 5 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
This is an enjoyable but rather light book - more a collection of fascinating 'case studies' of oddities in nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars - and cattle make good parents! 15 Feb 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was very impressed not only by the content of 'Bats Sing, Mice Giggle', but also by its readily-accessible style. Some of the information I knew already, some I didn't, of course; and some had me wondering why it even needed saying, because I've never underestimated the intelligence of other life-forms. Those who do, I suppose, expect all intelligence to be human in variety: but that's nonsense, because other life-forms live different lives and have different needs.

The section on how we can now get a grip on what happens with bats, mice and indeed cattle, by scientific means, was revelatory - but long enough ago, the basic knowledge was instinctive, and I regret that it no longer is, however intriguing it may be to quantify and explain how and why they do what they do.

(As to the cattle: I was walking my dogs through a big field-full towards the river on one blisteringly-hot June day. The bull, with 2 or 3 of his wives, was lying in the only patch of shade while the rest grazed in the sun. Two of the calves, who had been playing together, began to square up to each other and become quite aggressive. The bull glanced across, got to his feet, strolled down the field, shouldered his way gently between them, and led them off down to the river for a drink. Anthropomorphism be blowed: he was being a good and caring father, looking after his family!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting facts 2 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
informative and fascinating book, well planned out, read the majority of this book out loud to my partner as he suffered in hospital with a kidney stone; this book kept both of us and many other patients and members of staff occupied and happy.
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