Animals Nobody Loves

Animals Nobody Loves

Book - 2001
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From the deadly black widow spider and the terrifying great white shark to the twenty-five-foot-long man-eating crocodile, many of these animals deserve their fearsome reputations. Other creatures, like the rat and the cockroach, may make our skin crawl, yet they also possess amazing survival skills. And some of these unappreciated animals are actually not the monsters they appear to be--such as the shy eight-armed octopus and the peaceful giant devil ray. Pairing eye-popping, oversize photographs with riveting descriptions, award-winning author Seymour Simon reveals the truth about twenty of nature's most fascinating--and most misunderstood--animals.
Publisher: New York : Sea Star Books, 2001.
ISBN: 9781587170799
1587170795
Characteristics: 47 p. :,col. ill. ;,28 cm.

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SPL_Childrens Dec 04, 2013

Such a sad-sounding title for a children’s book! If it conjures up visions of homeless, sad-eyed puppies and kittens, be reassured. The “animals nobody loves” do have homes. Instead, think of some of the least endearing and most dangerous creatures on our planet – ferocious man-eating crocodiles, great white sharks, cobras, deadly black widow spiders, fire ants, piranhas and Gila monsters. Think also of pests such as cockroaches, and predatory creatures such as vultures and hyenas. These are the “animals nobody loves”.

Some of these creatures have some very surprising abilities and characteristics. For example, did you know that a small piranha can be more deadly than a shark, or that the bite of a Gila monster is as dangerous as that of a rattlesnake? Did you know that fire ants have a poison that can paralyze not only other insects but also squirrels, chickens and other small animals ... that some crocodiles are as much as eight metres in length... and that a headless cockroach can live for as long as a week? Yuck!

What is the author’s purpose in creating this book (complete with many incredible close-up colour photos)? It’s to help readers better know and understand these animals, flaws and all. Each creature has a purpose in nature and is a part of our planet’s biodiversity. Each is “programmed” to do what is necessary for it to survive, and each creature is intriguing in its own way. And, although we may never “love” these creatures, they do deserve our respect.

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