Presents tales from across the 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. This book tells ten stories of beliefs and Ripley-like facts.
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.