Animal Madness

Humans aren’t the only living creatures to deal with mental illness. After biologist Laurel Braitman’s dog started to have visions -- and possibly even attempted suicide -- she delved into the animal kingdom’s own struggles with madness. The issues range from parrots who won’t stop plucking their own feathers to stressed-out polar bears that compulsively swim in circles.


Laurel Braitman - Author of “Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves.” - @

Madeleine Brand

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