Skip to main content


PODCAST: Q&A with Lucy Cooke, author of The Truth About Animals

The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife

Lucy Cooke
Basic Books
345 pp.
Purchase this item now

The medieval belief that beavers will chew off their own testicles to escape a hunter may seem laughable now, but many other mischaracterizations of animals—the “lazy” sloth, the hyena as simpering scavenger—remain commonplace. This week on the Science podcast, Lucy Cooke discusses some of the strangest of these misconceptions.

To hear the rest of the show, visit the Science podcast page.

About the author

Jennifer Golbeck is at the Social Intelligence Lab, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA.