In her book “Animal Wise,” Virginia Morell gets inside our fellow creatures’ heads.
Christine Dell’Amore National Geographic
Partly inspired by her 2008 National Geographic magazine article, “Animal Minds,” the book was just named a finalist for the 2013 L.A. Times Book Prize in Science and Technology.
From ants that teach, to earthworms that make decisions, to rats that love to be tickled, Morell aims to reshape our understanding of animals and their emotions. For the book, she shadowed several innovative scientists investigating the animal psyche, focusing on well-known species such as dolphins and the domestic dog.
We caught up with Morell to ask her about her book and what she wants us to know about what’s going on in an animal’s head.
How did this book come about?