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The unlikeliest heroes of the animal kingdom

The unlikeliest heroes of the animal kingdom

Jennifer Holland wrote the best-sellers "Unlikely Friendships" and "Unlikely Loves." Along the way, she came across animal stories that went beyond those first two books.

"It's fun to investigate these stories," Holland said on the eve of a book tour to promote her latest, "Unlikely Heroes" (Workman). "I started to notice some of these as I was looking into others. I thought, it could be friendship, but there was more here. A heroic aspect that'd be fun to look into."

"Unlikely Heroes" tells 37 stories of special animals -- dogs, cats, a Quaker parrot, a llama, even an elk that rescued a marmot from drowning -- that...