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Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Contents -

When Ger­man ecol­o­gist Peter Wohlleben set out to test the long-main­tained sci­en­tific be­lief that hu­mans are the only species ca­pa­ble of feel­ing and ex­press­ing emo­tions, he al­ready had a life­time of anec­dotes to chal­lenge his doubters. In this in­trigu­ing study of an­i­mal emo­tions, Wohlleben dis­cusses one emo­tion per chap­ter, and draws on his own an­i­mal en­coun­ters to prove his point. We learn that roost­ers can de­ceive their hens.

That mother deer grieve the death of their young. Even that horses can ex­pe­ri­ence shame. From the emo­tional roller-coaster that a mother bird feels when her chicks empty the nest, to the grat­i­tude a on­ce­home­less dog ex­presses to its new owner, th­ese in­sight­ful sci­en­tific proofs are both con­vinc­ing and en­ter­tain­ing. Def­i­nitely a must-read for any an­i­mal lover.

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