Amazing Intelligence in Animal World - 10 Videos

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One does not have to deal with space exploration in order to find the intelligence of nonhuman origin in the Universe - it is enough to take a look at the planet Earth. Comparison of human and animal intelligence can be very difficult because intelligence exists in various forms. For example, a squirrel can remember the place where it buried hundreds of hazelnuts six months ago, while it is extremely difficult for them to remember people's faces. A dog recognizes its owner by the smell, but it cannot send an email. The question is - based on which properties is animals' intelligence compared to humans' intelligence? When making comparisons, scientists usually focus on several key capabilities that people have developed through history - making tools, the use of symbols, empathy and problem solving skills. Based on human intelligence standards, what do you think which animals are the smartest?

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Orangutans hate housework

The consciousness of these monkeys is at the level of four-year-old children. In the wild they use sticks to fish, measure water level and get to hard-to-reach food. In captivity they are capable of imitating people, and have so far learned how to use a hammer, to cool with wet cloths and wash their clothes. One of the smartest orangutans ever was Chantec, who was raised by people in the nineties. Until his ninth month he already knew how to ask scientists to give him a drink, while until his fourth year he invented the phrase "tomato toothpaste", which was how he described ketchup. Chantec even learned how to lie - in order to avoid doing boring housework - he always said he needed to go to the bathroom.

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Dolphins play catch

When Billy spent three weeks in captivity in Australia, she learned to move backwards in the water, on her tail. When she returned to the wild again, she taught other dolphins this trick, and they started doing it out of fun. Other interesting things that dolphins do are disturbing organisms on the sea bottom by using sponges they put in their mouth, they use sea shells for collecting fish, they play catch with turtles and they adore sliding down on the whales' backs. Female dolphin Kelly of the Institute for Research of marine mammals in Mississippi was particularly cunning - when she learned that bringing a piece of paper will give her a fish in exchange, she ripped a big piece of paper into several smaller parts and took them one by one in order to get more fish.

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Crows use tools for getting to food

Experts in animal behavior believe that crows, from the family to which ravens, jackdaws and crows belong, are as smart as the average seven year old child and apes. The smartest crows are those who live in the archipelago of New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean. Laboratory experiments have shown that they are capable of raising the water level in the pipe by throwing stones into the water to collect the pieces of food that float on water. The smartest crow in the world is Betty, who lives in Oxford. When scientists gave her a transparent plastic tube with food at the bottom, she bent a nearby wire to form a hook and hooked her food. Her partner Abel never bothered to make the hook - he would wait patiently for Betty to do all the work, and then took the food from her by force. In Japan, crows throw nuts on the street, waiting for the cars to crush the shell. Then they return to the street and retrieve the content contained inside.

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Why are chimpanzees considered champions?

Chimpanzees and their cousins bonobo monkeys take care of sick individuals in the group, mourn their dead and join together in groups, in order to be more successful in the hunt. They use sticks as tools with which they remove bugs from cracks to eat them, and they use stones to crack nuts open. One of the smartest apes in this group is Kanzi, the bonobo from Iowa. He knows more than 200 words, and on one occasion he showed the symbols for marshmallow and fire. When the staff brought him matches and wood, he built a fire and began baking treats. Chimpanzees also have a brilliant memory. A documentary was shown about Swing and Dolly, chimpanzees that have been reunited with the woman who had saved them in the seventies. Despite the fact that the last time they saw her was 18 years ago, they were immensely happy to see her and they hugged her.

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