While it seems easy to dislike animals for eating or attacking us humans, there are often reasons for it.
Whether it’s a large animal wanting a meal, or a smaller animal defending its young, or just nipping us in revenge for rolling over onto it in bed, it’s in their nature. There are, however, countless animals that have it in their nature to be a threat to people, and Gordon Grice has written this excellent book to detail them all.
It’s not all blood and guts and thunderous bears, or sly and sleek shark attacks; many instances here are much more commonly encountered spiders, ticks or leeches. You don’t have to go as far as crocodile country to get assailed by large, ferocious creatures – many incidents have happened in zoos and safari parks. Indeed we learn of many stupid people here who have brought on perfectly normal animal behaviour by following their own perfectly stupid human nature – and sometimes lived (or not) to regret it.
The writing is finely balanced with a tinge of autobiography, a lot of mordant detail as Grice covers copious anecdotes from the press and observations from animal behaviourists, and an exhaustive depth of knowledge. It sometimes seems a little too one-note, but the wide, wild world never fails to fascinate this author, and his approach to detailing one side of our interaction with it never fails to fascinate.