From the co–author of the New York Times bestseller When Elephants Weep comes a book that uses true stories backed by scientific research to explore the way young animals discover their worlds and learn how to survive.
How does a baby animal figure out how to get around in the world? How much of what animals know is instinctive, and how much must they learn?
In Becoming a Tiger, bestselling author Susan McCarthy addresses these intriguing matters, presenting fascinating and funny examples of animal behaviour in the laboratory and in the wild. McCarthy shows us how baby animals transform themselves from clueless kittens, clumsy cubs, or scrawny chicks into efficient predators, successful foragers, or deft nest–builders. From geese to mice, dolphins to orang–utans, bats to (of course) tigers, McCarthy's warm, amusing, and insightful examinations of animal life and developments provides a surprising window into the mental worlds of our fine fuzzy, furred, finned, and feathered friends.
oReaders will be fascinated by a close look at animal intelligence, learning, and family life.
“BECOMING A TIGER takes a fascinating area of exploration ... and brings it to life in all its richness.”
How to do or know something new : ways of learning -- Learn the basics : how to crawl, walk, climb, swim and fly -- Learning your species -- How to get your point across : being vocal, being verbal, and otherwise communication -- How to make a living -- How not to be eaten -- Invention, innovation, and tools : how to do something new, possibly with a stick -- How to get cultured -- Parenting and teaching : pass it on -- What learning tells us about intelligence.
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 17th March 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia