The Lightkeepers' Menagerie: Stories of Animals at Lighthouses
Elinor De Wire has been writing about lighthouses and their keepers since 1972. During that time she found that hundreds of lighthouse animals wandered into her research notes and photo collection. This book is the story of all these cold-nosed, whiskered, wooly, hoofed, horned, slithery, buzzing, feathered, and finned keepers of the lights. Where else would a dog learn to ring a fogbell; a cat go swimming and catch a fish for its supper; or a parrot cuss the storm winds rattling its cage? Who other than a lightkeeper would swim a cow home, tame a baby seal, adopt an orphan alligator, send messages via carrier pigeons, or imagine mermaids coming to visit? The Lightkeepers' Menagerie gathers together animal stories from lighthouses all around the world, tales of happiness and sadness, courage and cowardice, tragedy and comedy, even absurdity. Sometimes, fur, feathers, and fins tell the best tales.
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Re the entry about Ed and Eileen Hart - I am their daughter (they have both passed away). Just to set the facts straight, the correct spelling of our name is Hartt. Also, mom never threw the rats away: I loaded them into our coal skuttle and threw them over the cliff every morning. And although dad shot rats from time to time, he never shot 59 in one go! Nor did he go mad.