Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals

By Gordon Grice

How does a tiny field jellyfish, without mind and little keep watch over over the place it is going within the water, have the capacity to kill a full-grown guy? What damage have hippos been recognized to inflict on people, and why? What makes our closest cousin, the chimpanzee, the main harmful of all apes to come across within the wild?

In this elegantly illustrated, frequently darkly humorous compendium of animal predation, Gordon Grice, hailed through Michael Pollan as “a clean, unusual, and lovely new voice in American nature writing,” provides findings which are through turns mind-blowing, funny, and scary. for my part obsessed through either the risk and sweetness of animals in view that he was once six years outdated and a dangerous cougar wandered onto his family’s farm, Grice now reaps a life of research during this targeted survey—at as soon as a examining ebook and a resource.

Categorized via type and knowledgeable all through via the author’s unsentimental view of the traditional order and our position in it, listed here are the hard-to-stomach, hard-to-resist proof and legends of animal encounters. even if it’s the elephant that collided with a gas tanker and lived (the tanker exploded), the turn-of-the-century family medication for a copperhead chew (douse the contaminated sector in kerosene), or the shark that terrorized the hot Jersey beach for a summer time (later inspiring the movie Jaws), every little thing you’ve ever desired to find out about animals yet have been afraid to invite is integrated during this hair-raising, heart-racing quantity. by means of turns wondrous, mordant, and sobering, this e-book is ultimately a party of the animal world—in all its perilous glory—by a author who’s been heralded by way of The manhattan Times for his skill to mix “the observations of a naturalist with a dry, homespun philosopher’s wit.” 

“Did he say repugnatorial gland? What a wealth of knowledge Gordon Grice is, and what a great, beguiling author. This e-book is a needs to for somebody even remotely contemplating getting a monkey, a sea lion, or, heaven forbid, a dog.”
~ David Sedaris

“A amazing, just a little terrifying, completely pleasing stumble upon with the animal world—not rather like whatever I’ve ever learn before."
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, writer of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed

“Deadly country is an engagingly unique box advisor to the venomous, the sharp-clawed, the infectious, and the downright predatory. It’s a witty, interesting, and playfully macabre read.”
~ David Baron, writer of The Beast within the Garden

“Deadly nation is typically gory, consistently stunning, and very nice. Gordon Grice is a hot and humorous advisor, his hands consistently at the evidence. There are extraordinary tales right here, interesting humans and locations, yet peculiarly, there are the animals we notion we knew, and those we’ve by no means heard of: hagfish, guinea worms, eyelash vipers, blister beetles. You’ll by no means move barefoot within the barnyard again.”
~ Bill Roorbach, writer of Temple circulate: A Rural Odyssey

“Deadly country makes it transparent that you're not on most sensible of the nutrition chain.”
~ Pamela Nagami, M.D., writer of Bitten: precise scientific tales of Bites and Stings

About the Author
Gordon Grice has written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, observe, Granta, and different magazines. His first e-book, The purple Hourglass, was once named the most effective Books of the yr through the Los Angeles Times and the recent York Public Library. His paintings has been anthologized in The most sensible American Essays. He lives along with his family members in Wisconsin. 

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Sharks usually throw or shake huge prey to wreck its backbone. The movement additionally serves to observed off fit for human consumption chunks of flesh opposed to the animal’s serrated tooth. Bruder went lower than, then caught his head up and stated he’d been bitten via a shark. Rescuers provided him an oar, which he used to drag himself to the boat. They lifted him in. His rescuers observed that his ft have been lacking, and lots more and plenty of the flesh have been stripped from his decrease legs. A fist-sized chunk used to be lacking from the perfect part of his torso. He died of blood loss at the seashore inside of fifteen mins. within the resulting days, humans pronounced many supposedly adversarial sharks. the following harm happened now not within the ocean, yet in close by Matawan Creek, 17 miles inland from Asbury Park. On July eleven, Rensselaer Cartan, 16, used to be brushed by means of a shark whereas swimming there. the surface of a shark is studded with knobs of bone known as denticles; an insignificant contact could make human dermis bleed. Cartan was once left with a bloody chest. He could have been damage worse, for sharks usually bump gadgets within the water to determine what they're, and bleeding exhibits them that the article is in all likelihood fit for human consumption. the following morning, Thomas V. Cottrell, a retired sailor, observed a shark within the creek, headed for the city of Matawan. citizens missed his warnings. They knew an incredible shark couldn’t potentially swim that a long way inland; definitely they'd by no means obvious a shark of any type there. within the afternoon, a definite stretch of the creek was once choked with boys at play. A shark used to be visible streaking towards Lester Stilwell, ten, who lay floating. It rose out of the water with Stilwell’s arm in its mouth, shook him, then pulled him below. within the fight it hit Albert O’Hara, 11, with its tail, knocking him into the pilings of the pier. Stilwell got here to the skin and screamed, yet used to be pulled again less than. Summoned by means of Stilwell’s acquaintances, townspeople got here to appear for his physique. such a lot of them disbelieved the shark tale. They anticipated to discover the boy drowned. Stanley Fisher, twenty-four, and different males dived again and again within the region the place Stilwell had vanished, attempting to get well the physique. Fisher chanced on it on the backside. The shark used to be feeding on it. He attempted to take the physique and was once attacked. males in boats went to his rescue, yet he was once pulled less than time and again. while he eventually made it to shore, one leg was once part stripped of flesh from hip to knee. The wound measured 14 inches. He died inside a number of hours. males in boats moved quickly down the river to warn others out of the water. Three-quarters of a mile downstream, 3 boys have been swimming once they bought the alarm. escaped, yet Joseph Dunn, twelve, was once bitten within the reduce leg. With the aid of the opposite boys, he struggled unfastened. He was once hospitalized for 2 months, yet ultimately realized to stroll back. culture has assigned this string of assaults, which killed 4 humans and heavily injured one other, to a unmarried immature nice white shark. At an anticipated 8 to 10 ft, it was once too small to be an grownup. conditions make it transparent that the 3 assaults in Matawan Creek have been the paintings of a unmarried shark.

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