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aficionado
愛好家
have an affinity for ~
~が好きである
(living) creature
生き物
intriguing
興味をそそる
harsh
厳しい(後出 tough も同意)
offspring
teat
乳首
"Sad Animal Babies"
「生まれたときからせつない動物図鑑」
"Sad Animal Facts"
「せつない動物図鑑」
habit
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perspective
視点
adorable
可愛らしい
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~に由来する
absorb
吸収する
have no choice but to ~
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a huge number of ~
膨大な量の~
merely ~
ただ~するだけ
point out
指摘する
caring
優しさ、思いやり
smell
におい(後出 scent は臭跡)
predator
捕食動物

Animal Aficionado   

American writer and illustrator Brooke Barker has had an affinity for living creatures since childhood, which has led her to discover many intriguing facts about them - and the harsh environments in which they live.

Whales that sing in the wrong key, for example, get lost and are alone in the ocean. Tasmanian devils produce as many as 30 offspring, but most of them do not survive because their mother has only four teats.

"The more you learn about animals, you'll find out they are sad, too," Barker told the Mainichi Weekly in an interview in Tokyo. Barker was in the capital to promote the Japanese version of her book "Sad Animal Babies," published this July, ahead of the worldwide release of the book's English version in October.

The 31-year-old author, whose first book "Sad Animal Facts" was published in 2016 in the U.S. and made the New York Times Bestseller list, shares unknown and surprising habits of animals from a "sad" perspective with her adorable illustrations.

Her knowledge stems from the information she absorbed as a child. Because her parents would not let her have any pets, she had no choice but to spend time reading books about animals. As a result, she absorbed a huge number of facts that she would not have learned if she had merely owned a pet, including the difficulties they face.

Cute baby animals, she says, are "even sadder than older animals," having to survive in tough environments. She pointed out that rabbits have a habit of leaving their babies alone for a long time. But while this seems harsh, it is actually a sign of caring - rabbits protect their babies by not putting their smell on them, as predators hunt rabbits by scent.

"I like learning about new types of animals," she said, adding, "There are new animals being discovered every day." From big creatures to small, readers may make some new discoveries through her latest book, too. (Story by Kobayashi Haruka)

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