A flock of geese carries out a "wing drill" with remarkable precision. A mother wolf directs her offspring without uttering a cry or a growl. A threatened whale warns other herds of impending danger—even though they're miles away. How do birds and beasts signal each other so effectively without the use of language? In this pioneering study, American naturalist William J. Long explores the powers of communication and premonition among wild and domesticated animals. Based on a lifetime of field observations, it's a book that will interest every animal lover.
Written almost 100 years ago, Long's work was considered controversial during his lifetime. Unlike many scientists, he strongly believed that animals were more emotional and intelligent than ever thought possible. In fascinating anecdotes, he describes how animals rely on their extraordinary powers of sense perception to communicate silently, vocally, and telepathically. He also explores such mysteries as how a pet knows when its owner is coming home—or when an earthquake is about to strike. Filled with Long's wide-eyed wonder and reverence for nature, as well as his revelations about what we can learn from the animal kingdom, this charmingly illustrated volume will delight readers of every age.
Reprint of the Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and London, 1919 edition.