By Linda Lombardi
There's much that animals don't wish you to grasp, and the higher their public picture, the more serious their secrets and techniques are: gang-rapist dolphins; lazy, infanticidal lions; and, after all, our personal canines, who devour our funds, set our homes on fireplace, and in additional than one case, truly shoot their vendors with guns.
Animals Behaving Badly exhibits that animals are only like us: gluttonous, egocentric, violent, lustful, and continuously looking for no 1. utilizing anecdotes from the scoop and from medical examine, Linda Lombardi pokes enjoyable at our softhearted preconceptions approximately animals, makes us believe a bit higher approximately humanity's basest impulses, and painlessly teaches us a section extra approximately our hairy and feathered friends.
• Bees love alcohol: even, says one researcher, greater than collage students
• Pandas take pleasure in pornographic movies-they're really aroused by means of the soundtrack-and macaques pays with juice to examine soiled pictures
• A rabbit who lives in a pub in England is hooked on playing with a slot machine
• African elephants raised via teenage moms shape violent early life gangs
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10); the distance between the pegs is then measured. 5 cm on an individual Northern Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus, a species with a span in the size range 56–78 cm. Fig. 10. Wingspans of live or freshly dead birds may be measured by spreading the wings, holding them just above the carpals, and marking the positions of the wing-tips by means of pegs fixed in the ground; the distance between the two pegs is the span. (After Noakes) Alternatively, a reliable half-span can be obtained (and then doubled) by holding the body or the thighs with one hand and an outstretched wing just above the carpal joint with the other; a rule anchored to the ground can be used to measure from the middle of the back to the tip of the wing (fig.
Even then, it seems likely that 19th-century reports of spans of up to 11 ft (335 cm), quoted by Wood (1982) for both, had their origin in fancy rather than fact, let alone the same author’s earlier reference (1969) to an old report, in about 1861, of an Andean Condor in Peru with a span of 14 ft 2 in (432 cm). Wood did quote evidently reliable records of 315 cm and 320 cm for the largest Andean Condors, but even then the wings must have been stretched to a full stop (see below). The same applies to his reported spans of a Himalayan Vulture Gyps himalayensis at 306 cm and a Monk Vulture Aegypius monachus at 300 cm.