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8 of the world's smarter animals

Cute and smart, that's how squirrels are. They have little regard for danger and will spring from anywhere just to get to food. They are also quick in learning tricks from fellow squirrels.

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Although rats are perceived to bring diseases and filth, there is another side to them that has been studied - their level of intelligence. They are adept and solve complex problems and loopholes in their own way.

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Pigs are apparently the smartest domesticated animals. They are resourceful and can outsmart fellow hogs to get food. Pigs learn quickly as well if you want to teach them tricks such as jumping through a hoop or rolling.

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Pigs are apparently the smartest domesticated animals. They are resourceful and can outsmart fellow hogs to get food. Pigs learn quickly as well if you want to teach them tricks such as jumping through a hoop or rolling.

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Most of us are quite familiar with the intelligence of elephants. They are resourceful and will try to outsmart humans. On top of these traits, they have an impressive capacity for storing memories.

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It is not for nothing that the famous poet Edgar Allan Poe used ravens in his poems. They are quite sharp and creative. Researchers found out that they use logic to respond to situations in their environment.

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One bee may not be considered intelligent, but when it is part of a swarm, then it is quite clever. A hive of bees sees the overall picture which a single entity does not. When the swarm disagrees, a 'dance off' is held to arrive at a decision according to experts.

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One bee may not be considered intelligent, but when it is part of a swarm, then it is quite clever. A hive of bees sees the overall picture which a single entity does not. When the swarm disagrees, a 'dance off' is held to arrive at a decision according to experts.

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Dolphins not only look adorable, but they are also quite smart. Their brains are even more complex than those of humans. Experts say dolphin brains are closer to the aptitude/capacity levels of humans.

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Cows seem so docile, you can't possibly imagine them as smart creatures. But, they are and researchers found out that a cow's life can become quite complex. They can have enemies and friends. Cows, like humans, can get stressed, fearful or anxious..

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Cows seem so docile, you can't possibly imagine them as smart creatures. But, they are and researchers found out that a cow's life can become quite complex. They can have enemies and friends. Cows, like humans, can get stressed, fearful or anxious..

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