Picks and Pans Review: Tales from the Wild Kingdom

updated 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

BBC TV producer John Lloyd and coauthor John Mitchinson combed through "an untold thousand" sources to compile this book of animal fun facts, says Lloyd. A few of his favorites:

THE MASKED BANDIT
Some raccoons weigh in at 50-percent body fat. The fattest was called Bandit, who lived outside Ice Cream World in Pennsylvania feasting on peanut butter and blueberry slush puppies.

SLACK JAW
Turn a shark upside down, and it may well go into a trancelike state, called tonic immobility, for 15 minutes. No one knows what causes it.

NAUGHTY PENGUINS
When her partner's back is turned, a female Adélie penguin trades intimate contact with other males for stones to build her nest with.

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