Category Archives: Lucy Cooke

Lucy Cooke shares her story with The Guardian in support of Macmillan Cancer

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Our lovely Lucy Cooke explains how breast cancer was a positive experience for her, as now she’s a lot healthier thanks to the joys of gardening.

Cooke explains: “I spent most of my time worrying. When I became ill, it became clear you don’t have to. I could see these two paths and I was determined to be as positive as I could and, to be honest, it wasn’t as hard as that sounds.

“Being around animals a lot of the time definitely releases oxytocin and relaxes you. Gardening has also helped me. It’s the connection with nature that I find meditative – tending and looking after my vegetables. I’ve just bought a cottage in Hastings. There are allotments nearby with a sea view and that for me is the ultimate of happiness.”

Link to the full article here.

Lucy Cooke: The Intrepid Explorer – Daily Mail

Lucy Cooke, 47, is a documentary producer, presenter, author, National Geographic explorer and founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society. She lives in London.

My most precious possession is a Tasmanian wombat poo, shaped like an Oxo cube, that I keep in a display case. Wombats mark their territory on logs so, were it round, it would roll straight off. After decades travelling the globe, evolution still blows my mind. I love the freaks and ‘otherness’ of nature – how weird and wonderful it is.

Read the full article here.

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Lucy Cooke reveals the secret lives of animals in her latest book – as featured in The Daily Mail

Why do so many birds disappear in the winter? These days, it’s a question the average eight-year-old could probably answer.

For centuries, though, it was one of the great unsolved scientific mysteries. In the mid-1600s, an Oxford-educated academic did suggest that birds migrated — but, less impressively, he thought their destination was the Moon.

Otherwise, the consensus was that the birds hibernated, and that the reason we didn’t see them doing it was because they slept at the bottom of rivers and lakes. As late as 1801, an American scientist sought to prove this once and for all by the simple process of throwing some weighted-down swallows into a nearby river.

Sadly, after he’d pulled them back up, he was forced to report that they were ‘reduced, not to a state of suspended animation, but of absolute death’.

Read the full article here.

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Idler Book of the Week: THE UNEXPECTED TRUTH ABOUT ANIMALS by Lucy Cooke

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People say, what’s in a name? Well, quite a lot when it is a synonym for a deadly sin. The poor old sloth was damned from the moment it was branded with one of the world’s most wicked transgressions – a pretty damaging public relations blow by anyone’s standard. But even before the sloth acquired its infamous tag, its inscrutable nature inspired some of the harshest words ever heaped upon an animal. This was an especially low blow for an animal that is not exactly bothering mankind, but is a quiet vegetarian pacifist – the original tree-hugger, no less – simply trying to live a tranquil life in the forests of Central and South America.