Whether we’re watching viral videos of baby pandas or looking at pictures of penguins “holding hands,” it’s hard for us not to project our own values–innocence, fidelity, temperance, hard work–onto animals. With excerpts from her book The Truth About Animals, filmmaker Lucy Cooke takes us on a worldwide journey to observe the bizarre behavior of animals in the wild. Cooke lays bare the secret (and humorous) habits of wildlife in the animal kingdom, and shares stories of the unique professions that have arisen worldwide to accompany them—including Colombian hippo castrators and Chinese panda porn peddlers. Join us this Earth Day for an evening of charming animal insight with Cooke, a documentarian and compiler of a modern bestiary that’s perfect for anyone who has ever suspected that virtue might be unnatural.
Lucy Cooke is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, produced, and directed several popular documentary series for the BBC, PBS, Discovery, and National Geographic. Her first book, A Little Book of Sloth, was a New York Times bestseller.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Science series.