Unlikely Loves: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom (Unlikely Friendships)

Unlikely Loves: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom (Unlikely Friendships)

Jennifer S. Holland

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 0761174427

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Unlikely Friendships is the phenomenal New York Times bestseller that’s spent 44 weeks on the list and has 615,000 copies in print. It’s struck a chord with media, from CBS This Morning to USA Today, and Temple Grandin has praised it as “amazing. It shows the power of friendship.” Now its author, Jennifer Holland, who writes about animal relationships with insight, compassion, and a fine narrative touch, explores animal attachments that, in human terms, can only be called love.

Packed with beautiful, breathtaking full-color photographs, Unlikely Loves is a celebration of love between species. Here are stories of parental love, like the Dalmatian who mothers a newborn lamb―a lamb that just happens to be white with black spots! Stories of playful love, including the fox and the hound who become inseparable. And stories of orphaned animals who have found family-like ties in unexpected combinations, like the elephant who’s bonded with sea lions, goats, and other animals in her walks around the Oregon Zoo.

Ms. Holland has interviewed scientists, zoologists, and animal caretakers from around the world, tracking down firsthand sources and eyewitnesses. The stories are written with journalistic integrity and detail―and always filled with the author’s deep affection for her subjects.

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Stray Cat.....................131 The Macaque, the Rabbit, and the Guinea Pig.................................135 The Otter and the Badger.............................141 The Golden Eagle and the Flying Man...........147 The Puppy and the Lion Cub........................153 3. Modern Family Love..................................158 Tales from Glen Afric Wildlife Sanctuary............161 The Kudu and the Giraffe..........................162 The Leopard and the Dog..........................165

exited the barn, turned left, and walked 100 miles, you’d hit London. But there’s no sign of the city here: This is a peaceful spot of woods and pasture, where horses graze, doves coo, and geese visit the little lake out back. No wonder Mabel is a homebody—who wouldn’t be? And though her owners build hen houses as part of their farm business, this hen 51 prefers a warm kitchen to any bird box, no matter how nicely made. “We’ve always had chickens, love having them about,” says farm owner

have no DNA ties to the creatures they are protecting. That’s what I cherish about these tales. Never mind evolutionary explanations— the animals seem to be responding to something deep within themselves. { V a n c o u v e r I s l a n d , C a n a d a , 2011} The Great Dane and the Fawn I met a pair of Great Danes in Costa Rica once. They lived at a B&B near Lake Arenal. What I remember about them is not just their impressive dimensions, but also their immediate comfort with and

forest. “Kate was the type of dog left behind after people pick from the litter,” Isobel recalls of her loving canine. “She was the plain black one, very scared—when I got her she wouldn’t even go into the house. She’d do the big flop and lie there until we carried her inside. But within two weeks she was over her fears, not afraid of anything. I was absolutely in love; she was amazing.” And then Pippin came into Isobel’s and Kate’s lives. “It was early June when I first saw the tiny newborn fawn

One day Isobel heard Pip “racing in circles around the dining room table”—much like a wound-up puppy. “I knew then that she was going to be okay.” With the fawn growing stronger every day, she began to follow Kate outside and might spend an hour poking around in the garden, always within a nose of the dog. But once she was comfortable outdoors as Kate’s shadow, the fawn’s wild instinct crept in: “Pip decided she’d had enough of the house and wanted to sleep in the woods, like a real deer,” says

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