Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law

by Mary Roach (Author)

One of Bookpage's Most Anticipated Nonfiction Books of 2021

Join “America’s funniest science writer” (Peter Carlson, Washington Post), Mary Roach, on an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet.

What’s to be done about a jaywalking moose? A grizzly bear caught breaking and entering? A murderous tree? As New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach discovers, the answers are best found not in jurisprudence but in science: the curious science of human-wildlife conflict, a discipline at the crossroads of human behavior and wildlife biology. 

Roach tags along with animal attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and “danger tree” faller-blasters. She travels from leopard-terrorized hamlets in the Indian Himalaya to St. Peter’s Square in the early hours before the Pope arrives for Easter Mass, when vandal gulls swoop in to destroy the elaborate floral display. Along the way, Roach reveals as much about humanity as about nature’s lawbreakers. Combining little-known forensic science and conservation genetics with a motley cast of laser scarecrows, langur impersonators, and mugging macaques, Fuzz offers hope for compassionate coexistence in our ever-expanding human habitat.

Journey into the peculiar world of animal law with Mary Roach's captivating book, "Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law." Delve into the intriguing cases where animals become entangled with legal systems designed for humans, leading to hilarious, heartwarming, and thought-provoking scenarios.

Roach takes readers on a wild ride through real-life court cases involving animals. From a chimpanzee who was granted personhood rights to an elephant who was put on trial for murder, Roach masterfully blends humor, science, and legal analysis to shed light on the complex relationships between humans and animals.

Discover the fascinating stories of animals who have committed crimes, faced legal charges, and even served time in prison. Learn about the challenges and ethical dilemmas that arise when animals are held accountable for their actions, and explore the legal frameworks that attempt to address these unique situations.

Roach's writing style is witty, informative, and engaging. She adeptly weaves together scientific facts, legal jargon, and personal anecdotes, making "Fuzz" an enjoyable read for anyone interested in animal behavior, law, or simply the quirky side of life.

As you flip through the pages, you'll encounter tales of mischievous monkeys, rogue elephants, and even a psychic dolphin. Roach's meticulous research and vivid storytelling bring these cases to life, highlighting the complexities of animal cognition, morality, and our evolving understanding of their place in our legal systems.

"Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law" is a must-read for animal lovers, legal enthusiasts, and anyone who enjoys a good dose of humor and thought-provoking insights. It's a testament to the resilience, intelligence, and often unpredictable nature of our animal companions.


September 14, 2021