• Inside Animal Hearts and Minds

  • Bears That Count, Goats That Surf, and Other True Stories of Animal Intelligence and Emotion
  • By: Belinda Recio
  • Narrated by: Hayden Panettiere
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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As Charles Darwin suggested more than a century ago, the differences between animals and humans are of degree and not of kind. Not long ago, ethologists denied that animals had emotions or true intelligence. Now, we know that rats laugh when tickled, magpies mourn as they cover the departed with greenery, female whales travel thousands of miles for annual reunions with their gal pals, seals navigate by the stars, bears hum when happy, and crows slide down snowy rooftops for fun.

In engaging text, photographs, and infographics, Inside Animal Hearts and Minds showcases fascinating and heart-warming examples of animal emotion and cognition that will foster wonder and empathy. Learn about an orangutan who does “macramé”, monkeys that understand the concept of money, and rats that choose friendship over food. Even language, math, and logic are no longer exclusive to humans. Prairie dogs have their own complex vocabularies to describe human intruders, parrots name their chicks, sea lions appear capable of deductive thinking akin to a 10-year-old child’s, and bears, lemurs, parrots, and other animals demonstrate numerical cognition.

In a world where a growing body of scientific research is closing the gap between the human and nonhuman, Inside Animal Hearts and Minds invites us to change the way we view animals, the world, and our place in it.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2017 Belinda Recio (P)2021 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

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I love books about animal behavior, especially primates and dogs, but I wasn't sure about this book. I guess I just wasn't sure what it was about. I LOVED IT! It's a collection of stories about animals that surprised and delighted me. Recio offers stories about a wealth of research and animal observations that illustrate how much other animals have in common with us. When I was in school many many years ago, this would have been sneered at as "anthropomorphizing" animal behavior, but these aren't just anecdotes; they are often stories from the lab or carefully crafted investigations. Truly fascinating and fun book. And Hayden Panettiere (who I loved in Nashville) did a lovely job narrating. She has a lovely voice and she was engaged and engaging. Well done! I've downloaded another book by Recio - When Animals Rescue - and I'm looking forward to more!