A humorous and vastly illuminating autobiographical account of the incredible life of Daniel P Mannix—from the beginning—how his love of animals began and grew into a life-long passion. With an eye for the absurd, impeccable timing, and exceptional attention to detail, the author whisks you through the highlights of his eventful career: the development of his famous back-yard zoo; how failure at a prestigious naval academy (and later a zoology course) eventually led to a writing profession; marriage to the love of his life, Jule, and their combined efforts to study and understand a vast assortment of wild animals—including their two children, of course; and the support of his long-suffering in-laws who cared for many of the animals as he and Jule traveled and lectured about eagles and alligators and cheetahs, rattlesnakes, coatis, and porcupines to name a few.
"I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folk are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed." ―The Scarecrow of Oz, from The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank BaumDuring the lifetime of Daniel P. Mannix, freaks were…
Not to be confused with James Harriot's book of the same title written almost 25 years later, All Creatures Great and Small is a rare look at animals of the wild regardless of their covering – fur, feathers, or scales – from an author who captured it all for generations to come. Now available in digital form, readers will hoot and howl and nudge the nearest family member in order to share these stories over and over again.