In this delightful yet provocative book, Canadace
Savage investigates how mammals care for their young. The
heart of the book is a collection of irresistible portraits of baby
animals, taken by some of the best wildlife photographers in the
world, showing the animals alone or interacting with they parents
and siblings. We see them from the moment of birth, as they nurse,
play, quarrel among themselves and explore the bright new world
that awaits their discovery.
Based on the most up-to-date research on parental care and
juvenile development among nonhuman mammals, the text invites us to
take a closer look at the qualities that make for good mothering in
the animal world. It raises pertinent and perplexing questions
about the parental care strategies of mammals; describes
conception, gestation and birth; and discusses how mothers bond
with their infants -- or fail to do so. Do animal mothers love
their young? Are they sometimes driven to distraction by the
ceaseless demands? Does the quality of the interaction between
mother and infant affect the lifetime competence of individual
animals, as it does for individual humans?
Mother Nature is both a book about
young animals in all their cute-and-cuddly glory and an incisive
look at parenting among mammals. Combining a collection of
delectable photographs with an authoritative and entertaining text,
this book is a delight for both the mid and the eye.