When Animals Rescue
Amazing True Stories about Heroic and Helpful Creatures
by Belinda Recio
Narrated by Hayden Panettiere
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Pub Date 15 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 5 Mar 2022
A Collection of True Tales of Animal Empathy and Altruism that will Inspire Us to Reflect on Our Own Human Nature
What do stories about humpback whales protecting a biologist from a shark, a pride of lions rescuing a girl from kidnappers, gorillas working together to dismantle poacher snares, a parrot warding off an attacker in a park, a chimpanzee consoling a human, and an elephant trying to rescue a baby rhino tell us about animal nature? And what might they suggest about our very own human nature?
Until just a few decades ago, there were only a few animals reported to behave empathetically and altruistically. More recently, the list of species who have been observed behaving in compassionate, helpful, and caring ways has grown exponentially, ranging from rats to elephants.
Rescued by a Whale presents dozens of astonishing and heart-warming stories about animals, such as chickens, horses, dolphins, and wolves, who engage in acts of helpful kindness. During a time in history when studies show that human empathy is decreasing, our knowledge about animal empathy is increasing. These true tales of heroism, kindness, and compassion suggest that we have far more in common with other animals than we once believed and provocatively suggest that what’s best about our human natures just might be our animal natures.
"""This book is filled with anecdotes to counter-act the miseducation most of us have received regarding these other (than human) animals. Hopefully it will help melt our hearts towards them, and help pave the way for more reverential treatment and respect by us, and our industries.""
""An easy and wonder-full read that demonstrates how nearly 20 different kinds of animals demonstrate goodness, kindness, intelligence, bravery, tolerance and compassion towards others, and not just their own kind.""
""This is a beautiful and special book!! So many uplifting stories that are needed in todays time. I will pass this on to my kids and grandkids.""
""In these troubled times, it is good to read these heart warming stories. It starts the day out right and opens ones eyes to noticing what might have been missed, with animals, human and not human.""
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This book was FABULOUS. The stories, some well known...some not so, were heartwarming and engrossing. It was just an all over feel good book that should remind humans that we are closer to our "animal" counterparts that we think we are.
I reviewed the audiobook. Hayden Pantierre did a fantastic job doing narration with the soothing voice that these stories that this book demanded.
If I had one criticism, as a former rattie mama and lover, it would be as to how the author could not feature the rats from APOPO Herorats? These ratties do AMAZING things on a daily basis and truly show how dynamic rats are and their capabilities in making the world a better place.
Reviewed for publisher via Netgalley.
Yes - read it or in this case listen!!
I listened to this in the March 2022. I wanted something positive to focus on with the world in such turmoil. It certainly didn't disappoint. Being able to focus on the positive was a much needed break.
The book is thought provoking to say the least. Examining the compelling arguments for the all too human reasons why animals rescue, made me wonder about greater things for humanity and our treatment of animals.
Wonderful book. Gave me some hope and something to look forward to the future to see how mankind continues on our journey with our animal brethren.
I didn't think the narrator added anything to the book but she certainly didn't take anything away. I would honestly recommend the book because it's easier to look up the information being referred to online if you are curious about a particular animal or story. I believe I heard a reference to pictures are well. However, it's a good book for commutes since each story isn't very long.
I received an ARC audiobook from Netgalley to help prepare for my honest review.
This book was incredibly interesting. As both an animal lover and a scientist, I was positively chuffed to learn about animal altruism and their capacity for morality. I am currently taking a course on bioethics and we often talk about morality and the capacity for rational thought as being a human qualities, but Recio provides strong evidence to challenge that argument. How else can we explain a hippo saving a juvenile from another species? Sometimes, I felt the definitions were a bit redundant, but that may be due to my educational background. Overall, this book was a treat–especially with Hayden Panettiere narrating.
A fascinating collection of animal stories. Some tales had me smiling, others had me laughing, and even others crying or in shock. The whole gamut of emotions is contained in this book. There are horses and pigs, cats and dogs, whales and dolphins... So many amazing stories! Definitely recommend.
Audiobook listeners: Hayden Panettiere does an excellent job narrating. Would listen to more from her.
Recommended for: Adults & Teens
Suitable for: Ages 12 and up (Contains some mentions of the midwifery skills of some creatures assisting in animals births.)
I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Really enjoyed this book! Very fun stories, and the narration was excellent. Definitely recommended.
I thought this was such a sweet book! I love hearing stories of how animals are so thoughtful and caring. The narrator was awesome. I teared up many times at how it must have been to see animals behaving in these ways (particularly the domesticated animal stories).
A heartwarming account of instances of animal altruism. Given how rough the 2020-2022 time period has been, this collection of examples of cross-species assistance gives me warm fuzzies. This second book of Belinda Recio is just as fascinating and informative as her first book 'Inside Animal Hearts and Minds'. Stories of altruistic behaviors across species include birds, canines, elephants, porpoises, and primates, An informative feel-good listen.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I was enthralled with some of the stories of how animals rescued or helped humans as well as other animals. the fact that some of the animals are normally predictors of the ones being saved or protected made it even more astonishing. Each chapter covers a particular animal (dog, rat, whale, gorilla, etc.). And then there are multiple stories within each chapter. I continued saying, “Wow!” throughout the book. Amazing stories that I think most anyone would enjoy learning about.
Thank you to NetGalley and Sky Horse for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
“When Animals Rescue” is the perfect audiobook to curl up with before you go to sleep and Hayden Panettiere is a wonderful narrator. Journalist, art curator, educator and nature writer, Belinda Recio’s collection of true stories will soothe you with their depths of animal empathy, compassion, altruism, and other emotions we associate with our highest human virtues. Here are verified stories from scientific literature, news reports, YouTube videos and TED talks of astonishing deeds by animals, sometimes across species boundaries. “When Animals Rescue” is much-needed in a world where far too much violence is directed towards countless animals, wild and domesticated. What many of us can take from Recio’s work is a change in perspective and behaviour to make the world a kinder place for animals – and ourselves. After listening to the audiobook, I fell asleep feeling humbled, awed and a little hopeful that one day, somehow, we might make significant progress towards healing this beautiful but deeply scarred planet.
Interesting stories and very informative. Enjoyed listening to this. Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to listen to this audiobook
A terrific audiobook about how animals help others out of concern for others. The stories are lovely and worth listen to. The narrator is soothing to listen to and makes the story easy to listen to. Bye the way as a pet sitter I already know that animal being care about others and wonder what those who don't believe are afraid of. n
The audiobook can be listen to in a couple of days and can be listen to anytime you want stories that will make you feel good.
I want to thank BooksGoSocial Audio and NetGalley for this wonderful audiobook.
This is a wonderful book full of heartwarming stories about a wide variety of animals and their apparent ability to have and show empathy for humans and other animals. Most of these stories were hopeful and inspirational but there is a section at the end that discusses potentially harmful experiments on rodents that didn't seem to be necessary and was the reason I give this four stars instead of five.
The narration by Hayden Panettiere was excellent. She added a lot of heart to already heartwarming and interesting stories.
Audiobook provided for free by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
When Animals Rescue, by Belinda Recio, truly is full of amazing true tales about heroic and helpful animals. These stories of animal empathy and altruism encourages us to reflect on our own capacity for empathy. While this isn't my usual genre, I genuinely enjoyed learning about the study of animal kindness. So, I had a bit of a hard time putting it down. Luckily, it's not terribly long.
I received the audiobook version and Hayden Panettiere did an excellent job keeping me engaged and interested. I never realized what a sweet, engaging voice she has until I listened to this book. Warning: A Collection of True Tales of Animal Empathy and Altruism might change how you see animals and how they impact the world around us. I already knew that animals are capable of caring about others but now scientists are proving it.
This wonderful book is full of examples such as: humpback whales protecting a biologist from a shark, a pride of lions rescuing a girl from kidnappers, gorillas working together to dismantle poacher snares, a parrot warding off an attacker in a park, a chimpanzee consoling a human, and an elephant trying to rescue a baby rhino and many, many more.
Thank you NetGalley for a free audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review! This book was a very uplifting listen. I've listened to a few chapters with my toddler and he had a great time as well. The length of each story makes this possible and the chapters being divided by animal really caught his interest. Beyond that it's a lovely collection of animals being heroes, even when science sometimes wants to brush the behaviors off. The narrator has a very sweet voice that works well with the topic. My only complaint is that the sweetness combined with the structure of the book makes a better listen in small doses otherwise the stories started to blur together.
Thank you to NetGalley for providing this eaudiobook in exchange for a review. I personally have always thought that animals had altruistic tendencies. This book does a great job of collecting both the stories and research on this subject. I appreciated how many different types of animals were discussed.
Thank you NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed this, there's a lot of heart warming stories in this book. If you're looking for something wholesome to read I would highly recommend.
A heart-warming collection of animal stories. Whether considered anecdotal or proof of the existence of animal empathy, there's no doubt about the intelligence and kindness shown by the protagonists in these tales. Suitable for all ages, children will enjoy hearing or reading these stories about resourcefulness and courage in the animal kingdom. Using animals to model good behaviour and desirable human traits is a very useful tool and may encourage children towards empathy and kindness in their own lives. The book contains stories from a wide selection of countries, animals and situations and will appeal to anyone who has owned a pet or who appreciates wildlife. I listened to the audio edition and thought the reader did a good job. Supplied by Netgalley in exchange for a review.
When animals rescue - Belinda Recio
Amazing! Another brilliant listen. These stories would be great for a young family to listen to together.
In some cases animals have more empathy than humans. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I love hearing stories like this. This is why it annoys me so much when people say animals are dumb, they're so not. Listen to these amazing stories about empathic animals and let them change your mind
So many great stories of animals showing empathy! This book was well written and well narrated. The information was well presented and really makes the listener take a look at their thoughts and opinions about animals.
This was such a lovekly book to listen too, filled with stories that are heartwarming and awe inspiring. I took these animals to my heart, what wonderful creatures. A really inspiring and uplifting listen. The narrator was also a great choice, it was very clear and well read.
The book relates stories of animals displaying behavior that is commonly perceived as human-like. These stories are inspiring and fascinating.
Although the author states (and the writer of the foreword insists) that common ancestors and evolution lead to animals and humans simultaneously developing these traits, it seems much more logical to me that God imbued these nurturing and compassionate qualities into many of His creations from the beginning.
Ms. Panettiere does a great job narrating.
Animals show compassion, and yet there are scientists who still don't believe these stories as animals showing compassion, but responses explained away by other scientific data. This book breaks down the animal stories into different categories listed here, whale, parrot, gorilla, dog, lion, monkey, dolphin, cat, pig, bear, horse, seal and sea lion, orangutan, elephant, hippopotamus, chimpanzee and bonobo, crow, rat and mouse. Each chapter is then broken down further by different stories that highlight the compassion, nurturing skills, rescues, alerts used to get attention, intelligence, reading human emotions, and even helping out and showing kindness to interspecies of animals, just to name some of the stories without really giving away specific details or spoilers. Excellent book highlighting why we just appreciate animals, domesticated and wild.
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. This review is my own opinion*
This is the second book I've read/ listened to by this author and it didn't disappoint.
Where the first book covered animals thinking, intelligence, emotions etc. This one demonstrates how animals use this to help others.
There are various stories of dolphins or whales saving marine biologists or surfers from shark attacks or of the crow who befriended and helped a kitten.
These stories demonstrate that what most humans think of animals, that they are cute but keep to themselves/ aren't very smart, is wrong.
This book is a light-hearted interesting read and I definitely look forward to more of these books from the author.
Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for a copy of this audiobook.
When Animals Rescue is an audiobook about animal behavior by Belinda Recio.
It contains some many wonderful stories from the animal world, where different animals, not just other animals but humans as well. It includes a whole range of animals that are capable of such behavior, like Bears, Whales, Lions, Dolphins, Pigs, Cats and so so many more.
Some of these stories were truly heart warming and extrodinary. You wouldn't believe how some of these animals saved people, and if they hadn't have been there the people would of died and not been there to tell the tale.
This is perfect to all who like animals like myself. As a the human race we tend to underestimate animal intelligence, but this certainly corrects this misconception.
Humans tend to underestimate the intelligence of other animals, but this book aims to change your thinking.
From a cat waking its owner to prevent death by carbon monoxide poisoning, to a monkey helping another to give birth, to dolphins surrounding a diver to prevent a shark attacking them, this book is full of stories of animals who have helped humans or other animals. The chapters focus on different animals: Dolphins, Pigs, Cats, Lions, Bears, Dogs, Horses, Elephants etc and tell stories of how those animals have shown empathy, or kindness or intelligence. I was particularly struck by the gorillas who worked together to dismantle snares left by poachers, but so many of the stories were surprising.
The last chapter does touch on animal experimentation & study data relating to rats & mice, which some people might not enjoy after the heartwarming stories that precede it.
I listened to the audiobook with Hayden Panettiere as the narrator. The narration was well paced and bar the odd word that jarred (likely my British vs the US pronunciation!) I felt that her voice suited the stories.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this and recommend it as an uplifting, heart-warming book that will help you see so many animals in a new light.
I LOVE this book. I will be recommending it as self care for anyone who needs a bit of a lift and to find some hope in the world.
As a dog lover and a dog keeper for many years, I knew that they had an ability to be aware of situations and to be able to rescue when needed.
Such a brilliant selection of incidences where animals rescued other animals.
I particularly loved the midwifery part and felt quite emotional when listening to it.
Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial Audio for a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Animal lovers this is right up your alley! What a touching book about animals being compassionate towards humans and other animals. Well written and narrated, it is a quick listen and will brighten your day.
Author: Belinda Recio ~ Title: When Animals Rescue ~ Narrator: Hayden Panettiere
Content: 5 stars ~ Narration: 4 stars
When Animals Rescue is another audiobook about animal behavior by Belinda Recio. I recently reviewed Inside Animal Hearts and Minds. This audiobook contains a wonderful collection of stories from the animal world, where different animals rescue humans or other species. Not just dogs help, as someone might think. Also other animals are capable of such behavior, like bears, whales, and dolphins. I would recommend this audiobook to all who like animals.
Another good narration by Hayden Panettiere, star of Hero series.
An amazing collection of stories showing the amazing capacity animals have to show kindness.
I was really surprised at the range of animals in these stories, from mice to dolphins to seals and many in between. These tales really are a wonderful example of how capable animals are of compassion and most importantly how Intelligent animals truly are.
I enjoyed the study data on rats and mice given at the end.
I was really surprised with some of the observations, I think the hippo story was the biggest shock for me.
A great book for anyone with an interest in animals.
When Animals Rescue is a great compilation of stories in which animals help other animals or humans. Hearing about dogs, pigs, hippos, monkeys, elephants and many other animals showing empathy through their actions was really heartwarming. I would recommend this audiobook to students or anyone wanting to listen to sweet animal stories and learn a little more about animal emotions.
Thank you to NetGalley and Skyhorse for an ARC of this book.
It was a fabulous listen. It Opened my eyes completely. The narration has good pace and flow,and the narrators voices seemed right for the characters they were portraying. I listened to this as an audio book and felt the narrators really helped bring the story to life. The narrator narrated the book beautifully, and I loved the depictions of the different characters.
Narrator 5 stars
Story 5 stars
These stories were beautiful. How can you not be moved by animals saving humans and other animals sometimes out of their species.
I played this while we were in the car going on a road trip and my 5 year old also loved it, often reiterating what he had just heard.
When Animals Rescue
Book has an authors note. This was a very interesting listen about how animals are interacting with humans. I enjoyed listening to these experiences it is a complex interest. Wow is what I can say seeing animals been protecting humans. I am amazed at some of these animals and how they have saved people's lives its amazing. If you are interested in learning about animals intreactons with humans I highly recommend that you listen to this audiobook.
An interesting, enjoyable book. Mankind has always tended to underestimate the intelligence of animals and this book tries to correct our misconception. There are many examples of animals showing empathy for humans and their fellow creatures. I thought the story of a monkey helping a fellow monkey give birth particularly surprising.
When Animals Rescue was enjoyable to listen to and full of many different stories of animals appearing to show empathy through protecting humans and communicating with them. I feel like this book gave me a greater appreciation for the animal kingdom and coming away I felt a sense of wonder.