The Inner Life of Animals

The Inner Life of Animals

Love, Grief, and Compassion : Surprising Observations of A Hidden World

Book - 2017
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From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees.

"The Inner Life of Animals will rock your world. This book shows us that animals think, feel and know in much the same way as we do."--Sy Montgomery, bestselling author of The Soul of an Octopus

Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world with Peter Wohlleben's personal experiences in forests and fields. We learn that horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up.

In this captivating book, Peter Wohlleben follows the hugely successful The Hidden Life of Trees with insightful stories into the emotions, feelings, and intelligence of animals around us. Animals are different from us in ways that amaze us--and they are also much closer to us than we ever would have thought.

"Wry, avuncular, careful and kind. . . Each story adds to a widening vision of intelligence, emotion and relationship."--The Guardian

Published in Partnership with the David Suzuki Institute

Publisher: Vancouver : David Suzuki Institute ; Berkeley : Greystone Books, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781771643016
Branch Call Number: 591.5 WOH
Characteristics: x, 277 pages ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Billinghurst, Jane 1958-


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Sep 01, 2020

Book 2 of series;

May 18, 2019

Good writing, very good stories.

Oct 13, 2018

An interesting book about the emotional behaviour of all kinds of animals, domestic and wild, from flies to deer, through the observation and scientific knowledge of the author. A very good read that makes you aware of the feelings of animals. Thought provoking about the ethics of farming and food consumption.

ArapahoeLesley Jul 06, 2018

Not as amazingly amazing as his The Hidden Life of Trees, but once again Wohlleben uses his no nonsense logic and sweetly humorous real life examples to demonstrate what we all know or should know anyway. Highly recommended.

Mar 11, 2018

A compassionate work that sheds a lot of light on the similarities amongst all beings. It will help me look at all beings from a different perspective. I will now be more mindful of all my actions that may affect other beings. No longer us versus them.

Aug 26, 2017

Should be worth waiting for!

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