Of Animal Grace And A Spa For A Pig with Sy Montgomery

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Enter the wonders of the animal world, and rediscover your own. Sy Montgomery is in love with animals, but more than that, she is in awe of who they are and what they have to teach us. She's lived with domestic and wild animals of all sorts, from chickens and pigs to emus and orangutans. Among the many things she's learned from them is that no matter how large or fierce they may seem, there is little to fear. More importantly she's learned to respect animals' knowledge, skills, and awareness, and their many capabilities that far exceed our own. She points out [many of them], "are born knowing everything they need to know. We dismiss that as 'just instinct.' That's crazy. What's wrong with knowing everything? We think we're so great because we humans think. Well, animals know. And knowing is better." With her stories of a pig spa, guide dolphins, quarter-pound spiders, and more, you'll love spending this hour with someone who knows that "great souls are all around us, and sometimes they look like us and sometimes they don't. They're here to help, to edify, to delight, and we need to listen to and watch and respect the rest of animate creation." (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Sy Montgomery is a naturalist, documentary script writer, radio commentator.

She's the author of many award winning books, including:

  • Journey of the Pink Dolphins (Touchstone Books 2000)
  • Spell of the Tiger: The Man-Eaters of the Sundarbans (Houghton Mifflin 1996)
  • Search for the Golden Moon Bear (Simon & Schuster 2002)
  • The Good, Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood (Ballantine Books 2006)

To learn more about the work of Sy Montgomery go to http://symontgomery.com/

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How a seven-hundred-fifty-pound pig can care for a child with cancer
  • How does an emu express a sense of humor
  • What is more alien than E.T. living under your porch
  • How some wild tigers in India identify and punish poachers
  • What dolphins and whales teach us about transformation
Host: Justine Willis Toms      Interview Date: 7/10/2006      Program Number: 3162