By Jennifer S. Holland

Unlikely Friendships is the exceptional New York Times bestseller that’s spent forty four weeks at the checklist and has 615,000 copies in print. It’s struck a chord with media, from CBS This Morning to USA Today, and Temple Grandin has praised it as “amazing. It indicates the facility of friendship.” Now its writer, Jennifer Holland, who writes approximately animal relationships with perception, compassion, and a great narrative contact, explores animal attachments that, in human phrases, can in simple terms be referred to as love.

Packed with attractive, breathtaking full-color pictures, Unlikely Loves is a party of affection among species. listed here are tales of parental love, just like the Dalmatian who moms a infant lamb―a lamb that simply occurs to be white with black spots! tales of playful love, together with the fox and the hound who turn into inseparable. And tales of orphaned animals who've discovered family-like ties in unforeseen mixtures, just like the elephant who’s bonded with sea lions, goats, and different animals in her walks round the Oregon Zoo.

Ms. Holland has interviewed scientists, zoologists, and animal caretakers from around the globe, monitoring down firsthand resources and eyewitnesses. The tales are written with journalistic integrity and detail―and regularly full of the author’s deep affection for her subjects.

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