Zombie Birds, Astronaut Fish, and Other Weird Animals

By Becky Crew

Take a stroll at the bizarre side!

Astronaut fish swimming in 0 gravity? Fluffy little birds hungry for brains? Transformer butterflies morphing in midair? it is both a foul journey or one loopy safari.

Becky Crew takes you at the latter by way of blending critical medical evidence with lighthearted anthropomorphic tales. each one animal profile begins with a quick, funny day-in-the-life-of bit that leads into the genuine technological know-how of those rather unknown creatures. Becky retains issues clean via blending in her wit with the attention-grabbing facts.

From bare mole rat replica to the Wolverine-style defenses of Cameroon's bushy frogs, Zombie Birds, Astronaut Fish, and different bizarre Animals packs sufficient info for one heck of a nature walk.

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They handed a better Malay chevrotain (Tragulus napu) swimming in a single of the woodland streams. while it noticed the researchers, the startled chevrotain dove underwater and stayed submerged for a complete hour, in short bobbing up for oxygen 5 - 6 occasions. much more outstanding than its skill to stick underwater for a number of five-minute stretches, the actual chevrotain used to be capable of do it during pregnancy. The researchers proven what the Borneo locals were announcing for years—that the unusual little chevrotains are likely to head immediately for the closest creek or river to flee their canines.

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