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Only the Animals: Introduction
Only the Animals: Plot Summary
Only the Animals: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Only the Animals: Themes
Only the Animals: Quotes
Only the Animals: Characters
Only the Animals: Symbols
Only the Animals: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Ceridwen Dovey
Historical Context of Only the Animals
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- Full Title: Only the Animals
- When Written: Unknown
- Where Written: Sydney, Australia
- When Published: 2015
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Short Story Collection
- Setting: Various warzones around the world
- Antagonist: War, Cruelty, Humans
- Point of View: First Person and Third Person
Extra Credit for Only the Animals
Camels. As the narrator of “The Bones” explains, camels were originally imported to Australia so they could help English colonizers move building materials into the continent’s interior. This, however, has had an unintended consequence: Australia now has the largest population of feral camels in the world.
Animals in Space. People have been sending animals into the skies as test subjects for centuries, beginning with the first animals to fly in a hot air balloon in 1783—a duck, a sheep, and a rooster. In Only the Animals, the tortious Plautus died during her trip to space, the first tortoises sent to space in 1968 actually survived. They were the first beings from Earth to experience deep space and to orbit the moon.