The man is often referred to as the smartest animal on planet earth. But, look around you. I’m sure you’ll find some people who seem to challenge this notion with their stupidity. At such times, we can always turn to nature and have a look at some really smart and intelligent creatures.
Apart from sharing nearly 98% DNA with us, these awesome creatures also share our love for social relationships and puzzle solving. They can also learn languages, love comedy and design tools to help them. Cool, isn’t it?
These hulking apes might remind you of the strong, quiet and reserved guy in the group who always has good advice. Well, you’re quite close, except for the advice part of course. They talk using sign language, express emotions and make their beds every night before sleeping.
We know them as hard workers and really busy creatures. What many fail to admire is their intelligence which helps them maintain their huge colonies and find ways in underground mazes. Some of them can also work together to create complex shapes and structures.
Dog owners and lovers already know this one. Dogs are really intelligent and can be trained to do absolutely anything, including going into space, tightrope walking on two legs and understand all the complaints he has to hear when you find no one else. Now you know who’s a good boy.
Not the first name that comes to your mind thinking of intelligence; crows are a remarkably adaptive species which have come to co-exist with humans in most parts of the world. They are known to use tools such as rocks to break open nuts and even crush their food.
They’re fun, cute, playful and intelligent. What more could you ask for in a partner? While it still isn’t legal to wed them, they do happen to be the apex of social intelligence and are even said to be able to solve simple math problems.
The bigger more badass version of the Dolphins, whales are also known for their intelligence. They have a well-structured social makeup and many have learned to evade traps set by human hunters. They also plan hunts when looking for food.
Elephants can remember. Having heard this, people often overlook the fact that they also mourn for the dead and live in matriarchal societies.
It probably isn’t too surprising that parrots have made their way into a most intelligent animal list, as they are widely known for being smart. Known for mimicking the words of humans, not many people know they also understand the meanings of words too. So ya, teaching them abuses isn’t such a great idea.
The octopus certainly won’t be winning any prizes for being the best-looking animal in the world but it is certainly among the smartest marine life. Just ask Paul the octopus. Surprisingly, the octopi can solve problems, get out of mazes and play together. They also have an impressive short-term memory.
Not only do pigeons remember dozens of routes to find their way to familiar places, they can also recognize their faces in the mirror. The pigeon’s memory doesn’t stop there, however, as they can also remember hundreds of photographs and images. It is these qualities that made their use as the first missile guidance systems in the military. (Yup, believe it.)
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