We just finished Animal Wise, by fellow Oregonian Virginia Morell.
Did you know that earthworms make decisions and chimps grieve? That some dogs have thousand-word vocabularies and that birds practice songs in their sleep? That blue jays plan ahead and moths remember living as caterpillars? From ants, elephants, and wolves, to sharp-shooting archerfish and pods of dolphins that rumble like rival street gangs, Morell uses her formidable gifts as a storyteller to transport us to field sites and laboratories around the world. She explores how this rapidly evolving, controversial field has only recently overturned old notions about why animals behave as they do. She probes the moral and ethical dilemmas of recognizing that even “lesser animals” have cognitive abilities such as memory, feelings, personality, and self-awareness—traits that many in the twentieth century felt were unique to human beings.
We enjoyed the book very much. Of course, we already knew how smart dogs are...Duh!
But, now we have a new found respect for fish and ants.
If you would like to read this book, please mention it in your comment and we will have a drawing on March 14th and pass it along to the winner!
While mom was reading....Stanzie and I had a "Spa Day".
I feel smarter now!