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Unlikely Friendships: 50 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

Unlikely Friendships: 50 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer S. Holland
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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It is exactly like Isaiah 11:6: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid . . . ” Written by National Geographic magazine writer Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways. A cat and a bird. A mare and a fawn. An elephant and a sheep. A snake and a hamster. The well-documented stories of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten; and the hippo Owen and the tortoise Mzee. And almost inexplicable stories of predators befriending prey—an Indian leopard slips into a village every night to sleep with a calf. A lionness mothers a baby oryx. Ms. Holland narrates the details and arc of each story, and also offers insights into why—how the young leopard, probably motherless, sought maternal comfort with the calf, and how a baby oryx inspired the same mothering instinct in the lionness. Or, in the story of Kizzy, a nervous retired Greyhound, and Murphy, a red tabby, how cats and dogs actually understand each other’s body language. With Murphy’s friendship and support, Kizzy recovered from life as a racing dog and became a confident, loyal family pet.

These are the most amazing friendships between species, collected from around the world and documented in a selection of full-color candid photographs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14421 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (15 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057X4AUQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #223,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing book for all you animal lovers 24 Oct 2011
By Jay
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This book opens your eyes to how animals can be incredibly emotional and socially accepting of one another in unforseen circumstances. It is a beautiful book which will have you going 'aaah how sweet', 'ooh thats cute' throughout. A mismatch of animals finding a friendship bond, despite breed, creed, colour or race. Great photos, some unbelievable - a lion, tiger and bear together as friends, really? Well written stories which will warm your heart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Friendship knows no barriers... 3 Aug 2011
By Me
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...and certainly no barriers as superficial as species! Very beautiful book, with many photos of tender moments between animals you'd not think to see together. Many of the stories are actually moving. Amazing animals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift 27 May 2012
By keybrit
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This is a very welcome gift for anyone who likes animals. Kids and mature adults enjoy it equally. After reading the whole book, I thought "Why can't we all get along like these animals?" A delightful, heart-warming read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual book for animal lovers. 14 Dec 2011
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Was given this book while i wasn't well and it was the first thing i felt up to reading as it is full of short,individual tales of unusual,animal friendships-[as i had a very short attention span also at the time it was perfect.]As i recovered and could read more i found that it was even more enjoyable and i was able to recommend it.If you love animals you should love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A snugly wugly read. 23 Feb 2012
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I bought this book for my niece for her birthday, and she loves it. I've had a sneaky look myself and the stories are lovely and heart warming. If you like animals you'll love this easy read to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read ! 15 Feb 2012
By WJ Keng
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Great stories and photos - if you love / like animals - you'll love this and makes a wonderful gift !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mutations in emotional possibility 16 Dec 2013
A collection of stories about oddball animal friendships, documented with great photos. Among the 47 cases of strange affection, we have a cow snuggling with a wild leopard, a cat with an iguana, sled dog with polar bear, or a cat serving as a seeing-eye guide for a blind dog. This could be a bunch of silly anecdotes, but the collection shows that even fish, birds, and reptiles have quirks of personality that can override instinct, allowing for long-term friendly relations that break every mold. These friendships are like mutations in emotional possibility, which can lead to new social patterns among beasts and people. I suspect our first domestications of animals arose from such oddball friendships between species, which became learned behavior for the future generations of those concerned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book. 9 Nov 2013
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I like the thought of animals which would not usually get together, making great friends and companions. The book has great photos and text. I really enjoyed reading and just looking at the photos. The book lives on my coffee table and visitors always pick it up and say what a great book it is.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute
Brought it for the boyfirend but ended up looking at it more, lovely gift to give someone who loves animals.
Published 18 days ago by Donna Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful book - brings a happy tear to the eye
This isn't a book about chance encounters, nor is it clogged with photoshopped or otherwise accidental photographs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hugo Minney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is such a great book and so cute - if you are an animal lover you will love to read the unlikely friendships these animals
have - try it you wont be dissapointed.
Published 3 months ago by Puglet1
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully presented
Bought as a gift but I so very nearly kept it for myself - heartwarming stories from the animal kingdom and fantastic photography
Published 4 months ago by Vanessa Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Lovely book with absolutely stunning picture's of animal friendships, very good ideal christmas present or gift for anyone :) :)
Published 5 months ago by Fifa13-rubbish
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Bought as a gift, so not read whole book. The feel good factor was excellent. Great for animal friendly people.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. K. Belcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
It was a present for my sister, and she absolutely loved it! I'm only sorry I didn't get a copy for my daughter as well.
Published 6 months ago by irish55
5.0 out of 5 stars given as a present and the recipient loved it !
Lovely pictures and stories and an insight into how animals think and behave , the perfect gift for any animal lover .
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5.0 out of 5 stars very well published
It's a lovely book I bought for my niece, the stories are well written and only few pages long, perfect for a bedtime story. There's plenty of pictures, too. Good read.
Published 6 months ago by moodskipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Present :)
More pages than most books of this type. Really nice book, good quality finish. Makes a nice gift. Definitely worth the price.
Published 7 months ago by Emma
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“Evolutionary continuity—a concept that came from Charles Darwin—stresses that there are differences in degrees rather than in kind between humans and other animals. That applies to emotions. We share many bodily systems, including the limbic system, where emotions are rooted. So if we have joy or sorrow, they have it, too. It isn’t the same joy or the same sorrow. But the differences are shades of gray, not black versus white.” &quote;
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