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Author Herrmann, Doris, 1933- author

Title My life with kangaroos : a deaf woman's remarkable story / Doris Herrmann ; with Michael Gaida and Theres Johl ; translated by Paul Foster
Published Washington, DC : Gallaudet University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 258 pages : illustrations)
Contents Kangaroos as Yet Undiscovered -- School Years -- Under the Spell of the Kangaroo -- Thwarted Courtship -- Dora -- A Firm Decision -- In the Land of My Dreams at Last -- Pebbly Beach -- Jacqueline -- Moving like a Kangaroo -- A Community of Individuals -- The Bosses -- Manuela -- Of Mothers and Children -- It's Certainly Not Deathly Quiet! -- All Kinds of Remarkable Things -- Dreams -- Kangaroos Overcome the Iron Curtain -- My Brother and Me -- Aboriginals -- Eukala -- The All-embracing Unity
Summary "Doris Herrmann was born deaf in 1933 in Basel, Switzerland, and from the age of three, she possessed a mystical attraction to kangaroos. She recalls seeing them at that age for the first time at the Basel Zoo, and spending every spare moment visiting them from then on. Eventually, her fascination grew into passionate study of their behavior. Her dedication caught the attention of the zookeepers who provided her greater access to these extraordinary animals. Despite her challenges with communication, Herrmann wrote a scientific paper about the kangaroo's pouch hygiene when raising a joey. Soon, experts from around the world came to visit this precocious deaf girl who knew about kangaroos. Herrmann appreciated the opportunities opening up to her, but her real dream was to travel to Australia to study kangaroos in the wild. For years she worked and yearned, until Dr. Karl H. Winkelstäter a renowned authority on kangaroos, suggested an independent study in Australia at a place called Pebbly Beach. In 1969, at the age of 35, Herrmann finally traveled to the native land of kangaroos. During the next four decades, she would make many more trips to observe and write about kangaroos."--Gallaudet Press website,, viewed August 28, 2013
Notes Translated and revised edition of: Känguruherz. Berlin : Pro Business GmbH, 2009
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Subject Herrmann, Doris, 1933-
Deaf authors -- Switzerland -- Biography.
Deaf women -- Switzerland -- Biography.
Human-animal relationships.
Kangaroos -- Behavior.
Kangaroos -- Australia.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Gaida, Michael.
Herrmann, Doris, 1933- Känguruherz
Jöhl, Theres, 1957-
ISBN 1563685604 (electronic bk.)
9781563685606 (electronic bk.)
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(paperback ;) (alkaline paper)