The Cat Orchestra and the Elephant Butler

The Cat Orchestra and the Elephant Butler : The Strange History of Amazing Animals

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From dancing horses to showers of living cats and dogs, this book presents the peculiar history of performing animals and zoological wonders. "The Cat Orchestra & the Elephant Butler" presents astounding tales from across the rich folklore of the animal kingdom: a learned pig more admired than Sir Isaac Newton by the English public, an elephant that Lord Byron wanted to employ as his butler, and a dancing horse whose skills in mathematics were praised by William Shakespeare. Jan Bondeson tells ten fascinating stories of myths and hoaxes, beliefs and Ripley-like facts, concerning the animal kingdom. Throughout he recounts - and in some instances solves - mysteries of the natural world which have puzzled scientists for centuries.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 34mm | 639.58g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • NPI Media Group
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 100
  • 0752439340
  • 9780752439341

About Jan Bondeson

Jan Bondeson is a senior lecturer and consultant rheumatologist at the University of Wales College of Medicine. His many critically acclaimed books include Cabinet of Medical Curiosities, The Great Pretenders and the best-selling Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear. He has published two other books for Tempus, The London Monster and Freaks: The Pig-Faced Lady of Manchester Square & Other Medical Marvels. He lives in Newport, Monmouthshire.show more

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