by Mario Ludwig (teNeues £35, 208pp)

FEARLESS FEMALES by Mario Ludwig (teNeues £35, 208pp)

Did you know that baby elephants can get sunburn? So not only is a mud bath lovely and refreshing, it also protects their sensitive skin from the sun.

During courtship, a male kingfisher will offer up a gift to their potential partner to prove they are a worthy suitor. And, on several occasions, female octopuses have been seen to strangle their partner to death after mating, while the female praying mantis is notorious for biting off her mate’s head during the act. Talk about femmes fatales. 

There are many more fascinating facts as well as stunning, and sometimes gruesome, photographs in Mario Ludwig’s book highlighting the fearless females of the animal kingdom.

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