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Inspiring, True Tales of Interspecies Adoption "One Big Happy Family" tells the heartwarming stories of a different kind of animal rescue: amazing animals who have reached out to save the lives of newborns from other species and raise them as their own. Each story features wonderful photos of these cute animals, whether it's of the border collie and his piglets, the cat and her ducklings, the orangutan and his lion cubs, or even the Labrador and her baby pygmy hippo, these are poignant, charming true stories of unlikely animal friends -- including a surprising range of dog breeds -- who have felt the parental instinct and cared for animal babies of every stripe.Lisa Rogak's "One Big Happy Family" celebrates the intimacy and emotional connections of parenthood and the miracle of interspecies animal adoption. Filled with adorable animal photos featuring these newborns and their foster moms and dads, this uplifting collection of true tales of animal behavior and cute animal pictures will astonish readers everywhere and is perfect for the animal lover on your list.
- ISBN-13: 9781250035400
- ISBN-10: 1250035406
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
- Publish Date: October 2013
- Page Count: 160
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-07-22
- Reviewer: Staff
This collection of tender stories and photos describes surprising interspecies relationships, many involving an adult predator suppressing its instinct to kill and taking on a parental role when exposed to an orphaned or abandoned baby animal that would ordinarily be its prey. The anecdotes amply support Rogak’s contention that the “instinct to love and nurture is real,” although the book is not intended to be a rigorous study of the issue. Much of the parenting is done by dogs, which Rogak (The Dogs of War) attributes to their breeding and training. Most memorable are the truly oddball combinations, such as the cat that adopts a baby squirrel, the goat mothering a baby wolf, and the rabbit rearing kittens as her own. Rogak’s prose is buttressed by adorable pictures of the animals from different species snuggling or cuddling with each other. Impressively, the animals actively sought out the younger creatures in need. The stories exemplify the maxim that truth is stranger than fiction, and even if these incidents mark the exception rather than the rule, animal lovers of all ages will enjoy the book. 69 color photos. Agent: Scott Mendel, Mendel Media Group. (Oct.)