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Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom [Paperback]

Jennifer Holland
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June 21 2011
It is exactly like Isaiah 11:6: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid . . . ” Written by National Geographic magazine writer Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways. A cat and a bird. A mare and a fawn. An elephant and a sheep. A snake and a hamster. The well-documented stories of Koko the gorilla and All Ball the kitten; and the hippo Owen and the tortoise Mzee. And almost inexplicable stories of predators befriending prey—an Indian leopard slips into a village every night to sleep with a calf. A lionness mothers a baby oryx. Ms. Holland narrates the details and arc of each story, and also offers insights into why—how the young leopard, probably motherless, sought maternal comfort with the calf, and how a baby oryx inspired the same mothering instinct in the lionness. Or, in the story of Kizzy, a nervous retired Greyhound, and Murphy, a red tabby, how cats and dogs actually understand each other’s body language. With Murphy’s friendship and support, Kizzy recovered from life as a racing dog and became a confident, loyal family pet.

These are the most amazing friendships between species, collected from around the world and documented in a selection of full-color candid photographs.

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Jennifer S. Holland is a contributing writer for National Geographic, and she also writes for the Earth Touch News Network and other online science news organizations. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and dozens of snakes and geckos, and divides her time between Silver Spring, Maryland, and a cabin in the woods near Charlottesville, Virginia.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, girlfriend loved it! Jan. 11 2013
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Good book. Lots of cute pictures and interesting little stories. I recommend this to anyone who likes animals and enjoys quirky stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mutations in emotional possibility Dec 16 2013
By Brian Griffith TOP 500 REVIEWER
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A collection of stories about oddball animal friendships, documented with great photos. Among the 47 cases of strange affection, we have a cow snuggling with a wild leopard, a cat with an iguana, sled dog with polar bear, or a cat serving as a seeing-eye guide for a blind dog. This could be a bunch of silly anecdotes, but the collection shows that even fish, birds, and reptiles have quirks of personality that can override instinct, allowing for long-term friendly relations that break every mold. These friendships are like mutations in emotional possibility, which can lead to new social patterns among beasts and people. I suspect our first domestications of animals arose from such oddball friendships between species, which became learned behavior for the future generations of those concerned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome hardcover book Dec 13 2013
By Susan
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This book tells the stories of each of these odd pairings. A warm and fuzzy , make you feel good story. I read them form my self and alsofor my grand-kids to show them the wonders of nature. Beautifully written and fabulous photo's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unlikely Friendships Sept. 26 2011
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This book looked just as nice as if I bought it from a store! The delivery was quick and prompt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A darling and heartwarming book! June 13 2011
By Jennifer Regan - Published on Amazon.com
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I am an animal lover, and this book made me smile. The stories are so sweet, and the photos are beautiful. There are so many wonderful stories of unexpected animal relationships. This would be a great book as a gift, or just to have around as a pick-me-up. Loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Total delight! June 21 2011
By S. Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a little treasure! It's sweet and charming while being interesting and informative. In addition to my own copy, I'm buying more copies for friends and family members, of all ages. The reaction from people who viewed it so far is extremely enthusiastic, so I'll no doubt end up ordering even more. I am even already hoping there will be a sequel, or at least something along these lines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming, a nice book to read yourself to sleep by June 30 2011
By Wulfstan - Published on Amazon.com
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Or perhaps read someone else to sleep. Not that the book is soporific or anything. It's just a nice friendly happy read. Something that will bring a smile to your face, a warm feeling to your heart and sweet dreams instead of nitemares.

Some very interesting animal combos in this book including a cat and his buddy the rat, and a leopard who lieth down with a cow. And, another "friends who are natural enemies" tale- a lap dog and a squirrel!

Penned by Jennifer Holland, a well known writer for National Geographic. Truly fabulous and "aaahhh" producing photos, too.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An "awwww" coffe-table book with beautiful photos Jan. 28 2012
By Timothy J. Bazzett - Published on Amazon.com
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The many colorful photographs of various animals are indeed beautiful, and, together with the brief anecdotes that accompany each section, Jennifer Holland's book does inspire that "awwwww" response that beautiful or cute animals so often do. UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS was a gift, certainly not the kind of book I would buy. I read it in less than two hours. The unusual so-called friendships are often stretched from what was more than likely a posed or serendipity photo op, like "The Bobcat Kitten and the Fawn," two unfortunate animals rescued from a wildfire in California. Or "The Mare and the Fawn," an encounter that admittedly lasted only twenty minutes. The truth is the photos are the book's best feature. Many of them will make you smile, they will make you "aww[...]" If you just want a quick "warm and fuzzy" fix, you'll probably appreciate this square, attractively-packaged heavy paperback coffe-table type book. However, if you want a book you can relate to or learn something profound from, naah, not so much. But I'll happily pass it along, maybe to a doctor's or dentist's office waiting room. It's that kind of book.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Granddaughters lovet it Aug. 5 2011
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I purchased this for 2 of my granddaughters ages 13 and 9, they both loved it. They would giggle and awe at the wonderful stories. They enjoyed it so much I ordered one for myself. A wonderful happy book for young and old.
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