Ten Most Intelligent Animals

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Health Editor’s Note: I am inclined to agree with this list although I do not see cats listed here.  With the large variety of felines that live here, there would be appear some genius thinking in how they can get humans to be their staff.  Do you know of any other species of animal that should or could be on this list?  Enjoy!…Carol

Ten Most Intelligent Animals

by Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.ThoughtCo

Animal intelligence is hard to pin down because “intelligence” takes different forms. Examples of types of intelligence include language comprehension, self-recognition, cooperation, altruism, problem-solving, and mathematics skills. It’s easy to recognize intelligence in other primates, but there are many other species that may be smarter than you think. Here are some of the most intelligent.

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  1. In the Autumn it is always interesting to watch the crows. They collect walnuts (we have it growing a lot on the streets), take off and throw them from a height onto the asphalt to smash. Only car drivers are not happy with them, because often nuts fall from a great height on the roofs of cars 🙂

  2. We once had a smaller black Labrador dog. He was standing in the rear seat of a sedan with a horizontal arm rest. There was a switch in the arm rest to raise the window. He accidentally stepped on the switch. The window started quickly to close with his head out. He jerked very quickly back out of the danger area and would never go close to that window again. This quick response saved his life from death by strangulation with that electric window closing on his neck.

    • wjabbe, I am happy that he was quick enough to avoid certain tragedy. Dogs have great memories, especially about bad things….

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