Very good book and excellent written. ***** stars !!!
After numerous books about the Treadwell incident .. this is finally a book which not only gives you the facts but also what may have led to this sad situation and overall the sensitiv handling of close encounters with wild animals. I have been reading so many books about it and not one really came close to this one.
Having made my own misled steps towards wild (Kenya and Chitwan Nepal) I would like to thank the author for putting the reasons and eventually following consequences for ill made decisions concerning human-wild animal encounters in words and also give enough background knowledge to understand the problems.
People in our world mostly live in towns or areas without ever getting in touch with the wild. Loving animals and nature they read about it in books and think this is all true. How wrong in most of the cases!
There has to be a stop in the presentation of so called "Education movies about the wild" to schoolkids and the public alltogether when this books are written in the "nicey-nice" Treadwell, Jeff Corwin, Kieling, Steve Irwin - Manner. Sad to say when BBC, Disney and other world known media groups show this movies for financial interests to the public, giving the "normal" citydwellers the idea that this all can be done to the wild animals without getting hurt or in the "better" cases just to harass and in the end ... hurt this wonderful animals. Besides...this movies are mostly made (not the ones Steve Irwin made) with tamed animals and lying about it in the movies, what should actually, in my opion, be forbidden. Taking a tamed animal and tell kids and adults that these are wild ones and can be handled like this.. is hilarious and dangerous when it is done for "education reasons"
There has to be a law in the way that any movies about wildlife which are shown to kids and adults for Eduacation reasons have to be censored by REAL experts for this kind of animal or theme. Because if a message is sent out it should be the right one.
I have learned my lessons, a bear is a bear is a bear and a tiger is a tiger is a tiger and a lion is a lion is a lion etc. Glad I never got hurt but some of my anitcs definitely were bad ideas, even I never stept close to a wild animal on purpose, always kept a very comfortable space, but took badly advised "treks" into very dangerous places.
Excuse any misspelled words ... english is not my mothertongue!