An interesting book, it includes stories from across the animal kingdom, and is wonderful to dip in and out of. Learn about the honey pot ants, Myrmecocystus Mendax
that become living storage jars; the shocking pink centipede Desmoxytes purpurosea
; the female pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus
that goes through a human-like menopause; and the giant fossil snake found in QLD which was humorously named Montypythonides riversleighensis
Did you know that songbirds can be scared to death, literally? That parrots can talk because they use their tongues in the same way as humans, and that humpback whales catch fish in nets made by blowing bubbles? This delightful book is full of entertaining surprises, revelations and unusual information. Nowadays we study them (and eat them and pollute them into oblivion), but whatever we do to them, somehow most of these amazing creatures keep bouncing back. This miscellany of animal facts and figures offers some reasons why.