Inside Animal Hearts and Minds Bears That Count, Whales That Rhyme, and Other True Stories of Animal Intelligence and Emotion Belinda Recio
As Charles Darwin suggested more than a century ago, the differences between animals and humans are “one of degree and not of kind.” Not long ago, ethologists denied that animals had emotions or true intelligence. Now, we know that rats laugh when tickled, magpies mourn as they cover the departed with greenery, female whales travel thousands of miles for annual reunions with their gal pals, dolphins use sea sponges as padding to protect their beaks when foraging, bears hum when happy, and crows slide down snowy rooftops for fun.

In engaging text, photographs, and infographics, Rhyming Whales and Humming Bears showcases fascinating and heart-warming examples of animal emotion and cognition that will foster wonder and empathy. Learn about the crocodiles that give each other piggy-back rides and the crows that shape branches into hooks to access food in hard-to-reach place. Even language, math, and logic are no longer exclusive to humans. Prairie dogs have their own complex vocabularies to describe human intruders, sea lions appear capable of deductive thinking akin to a ten-year-old child’s, and bears, lemurs, parrots, and other animals demonstrate numerical cognition.

In a world where a growing body of scientific research is closing the gap between the human and non-human, Rhyming Whales and Humming Bears invites us into the unique nations of animals and prompts us to change the way we view animals, the world, and our place in it.
TitleInside Animal Hearts and Minds
SubtitleBears That Count, Whales That Rhyme, and Other True Stories of Animal Intelligence and Emotion
AuthorBelinda Recio
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
ImprintSkyhorse Publishing
Published1 August 2017
Dimensions9.00 x 9.00in.

About the author

Belinda Recio is a contributing editor for Organic Spa Magazine where she writes the “State of the Ark” column on the human-animal relationship. The recipient of the United States Humane Society’s Award for Innovation in the Study of Animals and Society, she has authored books, iOS apps, and children’s science kits for clients like Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and Scholastic. Recio runs True North Gallery ( and lives in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

ISBNs: 9781510718944 978-1-5107-1894-4 Title: inside animal hearts and minds category:NAT 
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