3 Animals That Are Smarter Than You Thought

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Dolphins, crows, apes — you know the drill about smart animals. But there are lots of animals that are smarter than you think. Not everyone thinks they’re pretty, but scientists know they’re smart.
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Sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2774594/
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2 COMMENTS

  1. The honey badger is quite intelligent with using tools. Look for the YouTube video (and no, not the funny one narrated by that guy) where the badgers keep escaping a 6″ tall walled pen. Even learning how to open up the gate.. Just amazing.

  2. If I may be indulged a moment, I feel kind of chuffed that I already knew that rats and pigs were smart. Pigeons was a new one for me, though.

    The pig-as-deceiver example in particular was pretty impressive. The problem-solving intelligence, curiosity, and social abilities of pigs are completely disproportionate to the attitudes and stereotypes most humans have towards them.

    Also, because I can’t resist (and don’t want to, as it’s fascinating); another two candidates for animals that are smarter than we give them credit for are crocodiles and sharks.

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