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Published on Mar 25, 2020

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These are days of pain, worry, and wait for all the news that reach us in the house, amplified by the sense of powerlessness speak of bulletins, curves, data, peaks... Between these waves, the hope seems to succumb: there is good news and if there are pales next to the bad news. Yet the hope is nourished (also) of small events, which come out almost carelessly every day, in these hours troubled. More than 600 children born each day, the gestures of gratitude and attention cha come from all over, the daisies that spring up everywhere like small groups, noisy children, the messages of the teachers are distant, 7000 volunteer doctors for the 300 places in the front line to support doctors already working... Among these facts are reassuring, many of the events that relate to the nature: in a month of activity blockade and travel, and nature, usually crushed and scorned smiles and recapture shyly in his place. The canals of milan, the transparent invite the birds to stop, the ports stops in Venice and Trieste to assist to the stunts fun of dolphins in disbelief, the hares marzoline sprouting in the parks of the chaotic cities like Milan. The animals appear for the first time in the eyes of all, in the spaces that we are accustomed to live and to govern without any presentiment of the life hidden from other people.

Animals in the city of Bruno Cignini reminds us of this: what today we see in such a blatant way is a every day reality. The animals live and coexist with us: perhaps we do not be the case, perhaps we do not have the time to notice it, but it is so.

In a manual organized with simplicity and with a tone that recalls the anecdotes of Gerald Durrell, Bruno Cignini tells the story of his work among the wild animals living in Rome (but also in other major cities): a hidden life or blatant that it seems not to affect us. Attendance for granted such as pigeons or seagulls, alternate with surprising discoveries such as foxes, birds, crabs of the river. To each the author is a biologist dedicated to a story experiential, accompanied by news about the reasons for their settlement, on their behaviors, on their resources and their habits. Among our roommates in the city are listed, native species that have adapted their behaviour to exploit, to their advantage, our style of life, but also species arrive at a way unimaginable, and the impact on our ecosystem has not been totally positive.

There are the rats and the very intelligent grey crows, there are barn owls, which have for centuries fed the stories about the ghosts, there are otters that have come to a hiccup in the trends of fashion and then the birds, and the peregrine falcons...

What is striking, and that is common to all these animals is their incredible ability to adapt, their intelligence linked to survival: the foxes have learned to take advantage of the green corridors between the great villas of Rome, the crabs in the centre of Rome have discovered an area of calm water and prolificano although in the rest of the world are almost extinct, the starlings have exploited the heat of the agglomerations in order not to die of cold.

The only limitation of this book is that you would like to listen to many, many other anecdotes, other meetings, other experiences: but as you tell us only in the encounter with the owl?! And don't you tell us nothing of the grey squirrel? There is no judgment in the words of the author (even in regard to some species that are considered pests), only a surprised curiosity of a scientist.

Beautiful illustrations by Andrea Antinori, always beautiful, with a use of color is exciting and a style that knows how to be childish and yet precise and original. Bravo.

A nice book to discover the habits of so many of our fellow citizens are often forgotten, the opportunity to begin to see them, also these days the sky is for everyone, even if you are at home!).

A read for the 8 years, in an independent, but sharable – thanks to the scanning in short texts – even by 5-6 years.

The article in Nature, the town seems to be the first on a low Shelf.

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