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Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell

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Animal Wise is a look at the emotions and intelligence of several species of animals: ants, fish, birds, parrots, rats, elephants, dolphins, chimpanzees—and dogs and wolves. Morell interviews the scientists who are doing cutting edge research into the animals’ minds and emotions. If you are an animal lover like I am, you do not need a scientist to tell you that animals have emotions.  However, this book rejoices in each species, as the scientists who have devoted their lives to the study of these animals take such pride in their discoveries and have a fascination with the animals that they are researching.

The book is really full of interesting information.  For example, did you know that rats laugh when they are tickled?  Did you know that the leaders of elephant herds are the oldest females in the herd?  Did you know that some border collies can find objects based on the photo of the object?  Did you know that dolphins enjoy looking at themselves in a mirror?

Grab Animal Wise if you want to learn what the latest research is on animal emotions and intelligence. You will probably never think of a dolphin the same way again.