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Bats Sing, Mice Giggle tracks many years of research by hundreds of scientists that reveals how wild animals, as well as pets, have inner, secret lives of which until recently – although many animal lovers will have instinctively believed it – we have had little proof. The authors show how animal 'friends' stay in touch, and how they warn and help each other in times of danger; how some animals problem-solve as or in some instances even more effectively than humans – and how they regulate, create, and entertain themselves and others.
They show how animals express grief and reverence in ways we never thought possible. From the sleep patterns of some owls, birds and horses, as well as porpoises, who go to sleep in only one half of their brains at a time; to how schools of electric fish give off complex signals of one frequency to communicate with their mates and another frequency to locate their prey, and how Polar bears tune into quantum 'radio stations' to sense prey as far away as ten miles and under the snow, Bats Sing, Mice Giggle provides an unparalleled insight into animals' secret lives.
"Amazing, moving and enlightening. Bats Sing, Mice Giggle presents the latest findings on the intimate lives of animals with great elegance. I recommend it wholeheartedly."
– Larry King
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Karen Shanor is a clinical psychologist, former White House consultant and an advisory member for Discovery Channel's Animal Planet programs. She hosted an NBC radio program for five years and appears frequently on Larry King Live, CBS Nightly News, Dateline, The Today Show and Oprah, and is a regular contributor to CNN.
Jag Kanwal is an internationally recognized neuroethologist and was among the first to perform magnetic resonance imaging in awake animals.