Kitty, a pet lion in Floyd County, Ky., was purchased at a flea market when he was a 5-pound cub. When he was photographed in 2006, above, Kitty weighed more than 400 pounds.
July 15, 2010 Sometimes, a dog or a cat just won't do. In Forbidden Creatures, writer Peter Laufer enters the world of animal smuggling and exotic pets. He explains who's breeding pets for home consumers — and how raising certain species can go horribly wrong.
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July 26, 2009 Our search for the most fascinating new science books finds true tales of Aztec super-athletes, criminal butterfly collectors, Isaac Newton's unknown detective career and the mysteries of the human stomach and brain.
May 11, 2009 Journalist and author Peter Laufer uncovered The Dangerous World of Butterflies for his new book. He discusses the history of criminality and intrigue that surrounds conservationists and collectors of a icon of innocence.
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May 11, 2009 No one knows how monarchs do it, but these butterflies migrate from far north, sometimes even from Canada, to spend their winters in Michoacan, Mexico.
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