"A handful of animals are so woven into the fabric of human existence that they
are part of how we think about ourselves.
With these dogs, chickens and giant pandas, we are caretakers, companions,
trainers, consumers, oppressors and rescuers.
Rarely, though, do we admit that with some animals, we are students.
In his elegant debut A Most Remarkable Creature
, author Jonathan Meiburg
writes: "Unless you live south of the Rio Grande, chances are you've never even
heard of caracaras." His book introduces readers to this South American bird of
prey, aptly described as "one of the strangest and most wonderful animals on
Earth." Belonging to the same family as the sleek, swift peregrine falcon, the
nine species of caracara are by contrast inquisitive clowns in the raptor
world: "curious, social, and brave, with many interests and few skills."
Through Meiburg's own inquiring lens, readers will soon find themselves with a
new favorite animal."
Via Frederick Wilson II.
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*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics