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Daisy To The Rescue    by Jeff Campbell & Ramsey Beyer order for
Daisy To The Rescue
by Jeff Campbell
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Zest, 2014 (2014)
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*   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

Do animals feel empathy? How intelligent are they? What is their level of conciousness? Arguments touching upon these questions are addressed by animal behaviorist Dr. Mark Bekoff. Keep these questions in mind as you read the more than fifty stories of heroic animals and the humans they have saved.

From domestic to wild, from pet to stray, stories from around the world are sure to horrify and delight. Take, for example, a Philippine street dog named Kabang. Kabang nearly died ... and lost most of her face ... just to save two girls. And a man in Australia who was injured by a falling tree branch was saved ... by a kangaroo!

It is hard to think that animals do not feel empathy on some level when reading about gorillas coming to the aid of children who fall into their pens at the zoo or dolphins that save swimmers and surfers from being nibbled on by a shark.

Accompanying the stories are lovely drawings by artist Ramsey Beyer. Each story and section is laid out logically and is easy to follow for readers ages twelve through adult. Adding to some of the short stories are snippets of similar stories and points of interest, such as the dogs of September 11th.

Despite my love of animals, I found myself getting bored with this book. Though the stories are intriguing, after the fifth dog-saving-person story I began to lose interest. I would have liked to see more stories involving wild animals and a more scientific approach to them.

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