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By Gerald Durrell

The hot Noah is a e-book written through British naturalist and author Gerald Durrell. It used to be first released by means of Collins in 1955.[1]

The booklet is an account for older young ones of his a number of expeditions to gather animals for zoos, to a point an anthology of the easiest bits from a number of earlier accounts.

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