Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Tribe of Tiger (Book #45)

The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and their Culture (Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, 1994) explores the feline world, from lions to housecats. If you're a cat lover and/or the type who's fascinated by evolutionary biology and natural history, this is a book for you. It's at once scientifically rigorous and an affectionate, whimsical look at the world of cats.

To name two of the things I learned from this book: when a cat brings home a still-living mouse or bird, she isn't being cruel--she's trying to teach the silly humans to hunt by doing exactly what she'd do for a half-grown kitten. Also, tigers? In general happier and longer-lived in circuses than in zoos. As curious, intelligent beasts, they prefer travel and getting to train and perform to the monotony of life even in the best of zoos.

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