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• Unique subject matter, drawing on the latest research
• Covers both domestic and wild animals
• A subject that has intrigued pet owners for many years
• Fascinating insights into the natural world
• Insights into how grieving may help wild animals to survive
• How this could affect conservation planning
• Sensitive, rational approach to the subject
• The impact on pet owners and their animals
• Written by an award-winning, multi-million selling specialist animal author
• A book with widespread appeal for anyone with an interest in the natural world
Science is now providing some remarkable insights into animal behaviour, with crocodiles, for example, emerging as devoted parents, and elephants – like whales – able to communicate with each other across long distances by infrasound, which is inaudible to our ears. There seems little doubt that animals experience a range of emotions, just as we do; but can they grieve, too ...?
Evidence exists that, indeed, they can: in addition, David Alderton – award-winning, multi-million specialist animal author – contends that emotions – including grief – can potentially have a survival value for a species.
The authoritative, rational text is superbly supported by interesting, sensitive photographs carefully chosen to be reflective of the subject matter.
A solid addition to any wildlife studies collection
'Sadness is not exclusive to humanity. "Animal Grief: How Animals Mourn" discusses the emotions of the animal kingdom, and how they struggle and cope with loss much like humanity, If in their own ways. Animals can form social bonds that last decades, be fiercely protective of their youth, and David Alderton presents evidence that these bonds may extend to grief over death, for members of their pack and even across species. "Animal Grief" is a fascinating read packed color to color with full color photographs, a solid addition to any wildlife studies collection.'
Midwest Book Review Bookwatch
'…a good read for anyone interested in trying to really understand their pets rather than just wanting to project human characteristics on to them.'
Pet Owners Association
'An appealing read for anyone who enjoys the beauty of the natural world.'
The Burton Mail
'David Alderton delves deeper into this subject in a way that will intrigue and fascinate pet owners and anyone interested in human and animal psychology or the natural world.'
The Lost & Fond blog