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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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, two rescue pups, and two guinea pigs.

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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. The way animals are discussed and analyzed by academia is completely deficient. Religion and ego has shaped our perceptions to separate us from other living things. They are only observed from a perspective of assumed inferiority. It was never this way. Cats and jaguars and lions and the entire feline category has been known throughout history as the keepers of the library of wisdom. Beavers are by far more intelligent builders and much more benevolent in their inter-species involvement. It is not uncommon to find several species sharing a beaver hut. Elk possess much more nobility than humans. Insects also have access to the unified field than humans. If you compare product with capability, humans do not score well compared to other species. We think we are at our most intelligent point, while we are in fact at our lowest. Just that is reason to doubt our intelligence as it speaks directly to self awareness. Destruction of our own home is not intelligent behavior.

  3. 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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