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Shvoong Home>Books>Children & Youth>SOCIAL LIFE OF ANIMALS Review

SOCIAL LIFE OF ANIMALS

Book Review   by:VijaiKSharma     Original Author: Ms. Sukanya Datta
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The behaviour and social lives of the animals are now better understood, through technological advancement and involvement of more scientists. We can even say that, in some cases, animal world is more civilized than the human beings. The animals follow social systems rigidly, take up parental care and protection etc. seriously. There are rigid rules of relationship existing there also. Animals can’t speak, but there is effective communication between them, through sound, smell, chemicals and postures etc. In six Chapters of this book, the author covers many aspects of this subject, and gives various examples of the social life of animals. One of the Chapters gives the examples of animals like moose, locust, oxpeckers, fish, barber fish etc., wherein some associations are formed with some understanding, purpose and mutual benefit, while some are purposeless. Species form their own system of detection. In the case of wild dogs, there is complete democracy. Many animals hunt in groups, for better rate of success, for learning and sharing of skills. Some animals show lot of sociability when there is a mating season, and also for raising their young ones. They bond together, when a common enemy threatens. Another chapter says that like human society, there is stratification in animal society also. One group is that of ants, bees, wasps, and termites. Ant societies are having many similarities with human societies. There is similarity in social structure of wasps and the honey bee. Termites can also be called social insects. The life style of such animals has richness. The readers will enjoy reading this interesting book. It will help us in changing our views and opinion about the happenings in the animal world. It is useful for everyone in general, but particularly for the animal lovers.
Published: December 30, 2007   
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