Books Peter Laufer Books by Peter Laufer Peter Laufer has written books about: Nonfiction Science & Health Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Peter Laufer 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. Zachary Cantrell/AP hide caption toggle caption Zachary Cantrell/AP The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books Raising Lions, Tigers And Bears In Suburbia (Oh My!) Fresh Air 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. Raising Lions, Tigers And Bears In Suburbia (Oh My!) Listen · 16:07 16:07 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/127773104/128538637" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript iStockphoto.com Summer Books 2009 Stranger Than Fiction: Summer Science Books 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. Author Interviews Author Laufer On The Dark Side Of 'Butterflies' 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. Author Laufer On The Dark Side Of 'Butterflies' Listen · 17:11 17:11 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/104021730/104021712" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Books Excerpt: 'The Dangerous World Of Butterflies' 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.