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Parrot's Lament, The and Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligen

Parrot's Lament, The and Other True Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligen

Eugene Linden - Author

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ISBN 9781101222386 | 224 pages | 01 Aug 2000 | Plume
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A gorilla shrewdly sells back a missing key chain to the highest bidder. An orangutan picks a lock to let himself out of his zoo enclosure and two elephants adopt a tag-team strategy to keep their handlers from putting them back into theirs. In The Parrot's Lament, noted environmentalist Eugene Linden offers more than one hundred true anecdotes about animal acts of cooperation, heroism, escape--even tales of deception or manipulation of human beings. Drawing on the first-person experiences of veterinarians, field biologists, researchers, and trainers, Linden has compiled a warmly entertaining and powerfully persuasive argument for animal consciousness that, while not human, far exceeds what humans usually grant animals. Scientifically sound and emotionally compelling, The Parrot's Lament contains remarkable stories that are sure to resonate with animal lovers, turning skeptics everywhere into believers.
Preface
Introduction

The Wolf Who Made Friends with a Goat Games and Humor
"She Didn't Know Human, and He Didn't Know Gorilla . . . " Trade and Barter
Ah, Treachery Deception
I Think that You Think that I Think that You Think . . . Mind Reading and Mental Chess
The Pig Who Ran to Work Cooperation in Work, Conflict, and Healing
Orangutan Engineers and Nut-Cracking Chimps Tools and Intelligence
Escape from Topeka . . . And Omaha, and Brownsville, and . . .
Love! Valor! Compassion! Empathy and Heroism
What Do They Make of Us? A Place Where Humans Are the Novelty

Selected Bibliography
Index

"Linden reveals how animals demonstrate aspects of intelligence as they escape from, cheat and outfox humans."Time magazine

"[Linden's] incisive prose turns even these non-human scoundrels into endearing subjects." The New York Times Book Review


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