Whether seeing a video of romping baby pandas or a picture of penguins "holding hands," it's hard for us not to project our own values—innocence, fidelity, temperance, hard work—onto animals. Likely you've never wondered if moose get drunk, penguins cheat on their mates, or worker ants lay about—and yet they do. BBC filmmaker Lucy Cooke takes a worldwide tour of the animal kingdom, smearing herself with hippo sweat and investigating a bizarre rumor about how hyenas are born, meeting everyone from an animal IQ tester in the Maasai Mara to a peddler of panda porn in China, all to lay bare the strangest bits of animal behavior.
"Lucy Cooke's modern bestiary is as well informed as you'd expect from an Oxford zoologist. It's also downright funny."—Richard Dawkins