Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time
My Life Doing Dumb Stuff with Animals
Led by an award-winning nature writer, Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time takes the reader on a thrilling journey deep in to the domains of strange—and often dangerous—animals. Richard Conniff examines the lives of two-, four-, six- and eight-legged creatures, providing adventure-packed accounts of his many ill-advised forays into the animal kingdom. He pulls a huge snapping turtle out of a Louisiana bayou, tracks leopards with i Kung San hunters in the Namibian desert and travels through the Himalayas in pursuit of tigers and the mythical migur. He flings chicken carcasses into piranha-infested waters to check how quickly they disappear before diving in himself and encounters a man stung by 120 different species of insects, ranking their pain the way that Robert Parker ranks a wine. Again and again, Conniff courts the most dangerous animals and lives to tell the tale. This collection offers a rare chance to accompany him and see life through the lens of a bona-fide field naturalist.
"Conniff masterfully blends facts, anecdotes and a generous dollop of humour to present us with the beauty and complexity of wildlife...An excellent read."
August 2010 • Paper • £11.99 • ISBN 978 0 393 30457 2 • 304pp • 140 x 210mm