An informed zoologist who continues to view nature with wide-eyed wonder proves to the general audience that the marvels of the animal world can be fascinating to everyone. How many readers are familiar with the amazing protective devices and ""secret weapons"" of certain birds, fish and insects? Who are the ""hangers-on"" and what is the nature of their parasitic existence? From these groups, the author goes on to describe the unusual Australasian animals, the huge variety of bees, the strange warm blooded mammals that live in the sea, the intriguing ant community. Gift bearing creatures such as silkworms and oysters deserve special consideration along with living examples of Nature's quirks like the sea horse and midwife toad raised by the male parent of the species. On the grounds that Nature provides enough true-to-life marvels, the author then lists and disposes of the many myths which have grown up around certain animals.