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Zombie Tits and Astronaut Fish and Other Weird Animal Stories

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Original Language: English (Australia) | 176 pp. | Nov. 2012

2 Seas Represents: Dutch Rights.

Rights Sold: English-USA (Allison and Busby).

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Proving that fish can swim in zero-gravity, researching the zombie-like brain-nibbling habits of fluffy little birds, and psycho-analysing the sex lives of Gulf pipefish are all in a day’s work for fearless science blogger Becky Crew. Mixing serious, up-to-the-minute science with light-hearted anthropomorphic stories, this book describes the latest findings about weird animals from all over the world.

As Roadrunner prepares to attack, the Texas Horned Lizards chat…
“Shit. We’re going to die. We’re going to die in front of girls.” “What are you talking about? We have the most awesome weapons ever. You can make bone claws, and what’s he gonna do? Peck?” “Hey you’re right. We should invite girls.” “Yeah. Lots of girls. Because this will probably be the best moment of our lives.”

Those Great Tits Want Your Braaaains, Pipistrelle Bats.
As delicately pretty as it might look, the great tit (Parus major) has been gaining quite the reputation for being involved in some seriously gruesome behaviour. Driven by hunger when their normal diet of insects has grown scarce, the great tit has been known to peck open the skulls of other passerines, or “perching birds,” and also tiny pipistrelle bats…

 

Read a great review on scienceblog.com (in association with National Geographic) here!

What people have said about the Running Ponies blog (on which this book is based):

‘Running Ponies is how I want my science reported.’ – Frank Swain (Science writer, SciencePunk)

‘Equally frequently as I am laughing my ass off over there I think, “Damn, I bet most of the people I know are missing out.” So get on over there and stand by to be amazed.’ – Dr. Mathew Wedel (Palaeontologist, Western University of Health Sciences)

‘If David Attenborough thought to set one of his award-winning BBC animal series in an Australian sitcom and threw in some sharp one-liners about dating advice, he might have a hope in hell of being somewhere close to being this damned smart.’ – Kylie Sturgess (Science writer, PodBlack Cat)