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Animal tragic : popular misconceptions of wildlife through the centuries

Author: Malcolm Tait
Publisher: London : Think Publishing, 2006.
Series: Mammoth mistakes.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Crocodiles lure unsuspecting, sympathetic victims towards them by crying. Hedgehogs steal apples by collecting them on their spikes. The chronicle of natural history is absolutely littered with mistaken notions like these, some embarrassing, some bizarre, and some downright hilarious. How did these fantasies ever come about? Take a look at a bevy of bestial boo-boos, wildlife no-nos, and artistic animal atrocities  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Miscellanea
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Malcolm Tait
ISBN: 184525015X 9781845250157
OCLC Number: 64097979
Description: 159 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Mammoth mistakes.
Responsibility: Malcolm Tait. ; illustrations by Rupert Davies.
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Crocodiles lure unsuspecting, sympathetic victims towards them by crying. Hedgehogs steal apples by collecting them on their spikes. The chronicle of natural history is absolutely littered with mistaken notions like these, some embarrassing, some bizarre, and some downright hilarious. How did these fantasies ever come about? Take a look at a bevy of bestial boo-boos, wildlife no-nos, and artistic animal atrocities and discover the reality behind each myth. Among the astounding beliefs: that swallows hibernate under riverside mud (which explained their winter absence); that lemmings hurl themselves over cliffs (blame that one on Walt Disney); and that some creatures could kill with just a glance. Plus, there's a look at misconceptions from everyday speech--including "blind as a bat." (They're not!) --From amazon.com.

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