The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion-Surprising Observations of a Hidden World

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion-Surprising Observations of a Hidden World

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Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771643016
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Series: The Mysteries of Nature , #2
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 92,049
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)

About the Author

Peter Wohlleben is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees. and its follow-ups, The Inner Lives of Animals and The Secret Wisdom of Nature. His books for children include the middle-grade nonfiction book, Can You Hear the Trees Talking? and the picture book, Peter and the Tree Children. He is a natural storyteller who writes on ecological themes, and manages a municipally owned, environmentally friendly woodland in Germany.

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is the author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie about Love. He is fascinated by the richness of the emotional world of animals and by what animals can teach us about ourselves.

Jane Billinghurst’s career has been in book publishing in the UK, the US, and Canada, as an editor, publisher, writer, and translator. She is the translator of the international bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees by German forester Peter Wohlleben.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson vii

Introduction 1

1 Selfless Mother Love 5

2 Instinct-A Second-Rate Emotion? 12

3 Loving People 18

4 Anybody Home? 27

5 Pig Smarts 37

6 Gratitude 43

7 Lies and Deception 48

8 Stop, Thief! 54

9 Take Courage! 61

10 Black and White 66

11 Cold Hedgehogs, Warm Honey Bees 72

12 Crowd Intelligence 81

13 Hidden Agendas 86

14 Simple Sums 90

15 Just for Fun 94

16 Desire 97

17 Till Death Do Us Part 101

18 What's in a Name? 105

19 Grief 112

20 Shame and Regret 116

21 Empathy 124

22 Altruism 130

23 Upbringing 134

24 Getting Rid of the Kids 138

25 Once Wild, Forever Wild 141

26 Snipe Mess 149

27 Something Special in the Air 153

28 Comfort 158

29 Weathering the Storm 163

30 Pain 168

31 Fear 171

32 High Society 188

33 Good and Evil 191

34 Hey, Mr. Sandman 198

35 Animal Oracles 203

36 Animals Age, Too 211

37 Alien Worlds 217

38 Artificial Environments 224

39 In the Service of Humanity 230

40 Communication 234

41 Where Is the Soul? 240

Epilogue 244

Acknowledgments 249

Notes 251

Index 263

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“A treat for animal lovers of all stripes.”
Kirkus starred review

"With the same charm and clarity that drew so many readers to The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben has produced another gem . I found delight on every page, thanks to the author’s rare skill at blending scientific discoveries with his own wealth of insightful personal experiences . Read this book, and never again doubt that we share the Earth with other beings living rich and colorful lives."
—Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows

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