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

Jennifer S. Holland
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 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: 18392 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 (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,426 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 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 A_Lien
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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 Mutations in emotional possibility 16 Dec. 2013
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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 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 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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