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7 Animals Who Are Smarter Than People

(SMART ANIMALS/ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE) Some animals have certain sets of skills and smarts that are mind-boggling. Mapping out where your family members are by smell? A photographic memory and the ability to recall number sequences? Traversing the world and home again with no guidance but the tip of your beak? These are just some examples of […]

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<p>Chickens may be smarter than you think. Photo Credit: Shutterstock</p>

Who’s Smarter, The Chicken Or The Toddler?

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) Chickens are definitely smarter than they look, according to a very enlightening study. The domesticated fowl is able to apply logic, understand physics, navigate efficiently, and much more. Some of the chicken’s mental capabilities are usually only seen in children above the age of four, thus inferring that chickens may be smarter than your average […]

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The wolf holds a significant position in foundational mythologies of Eurasia and North America. The Tlingit community god name means “wolf,” and they worship a wolf-head, and the shamanic Turkic believes they are descendants of wolves. Photo Credit: Facebook

Big Bad Wolf Really Is A Fairytale

(WOLVES/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Next time you’re stuck in a graveyard with a full moon in the sky, and you hear a wolf howl in the distance, don’t be afraid. Studies suggest startling wolf howls are just cries of loneliness. Once thought to be a simple stress cry, research shows wolf howls actually change depending on the […]

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<p>Dolphins VS Chimps: Dolphins are more intelligent by far. Chimps long held the highest position at the top of animal intelligence, but there have been a few studies knocking that notion down. Chimps are generally perceived to be as smart as 3-year-old humans, but their descent from the top began with a 2007 study that ranked orangutans as smartest of the animals. Dolphins are beginning to get their due from researchers. A 2010 study placed dolphins as the second-most intelligent animal, second only to humans. Dolphins can recognize themselves in a mirror and inspect various parts of their bodies, and they can solve difficult problems while living in the wild and round up schools of fish with almost military-like precision. They’re so intelligent, in fact, that one researcher, Thomas White, an ethics professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, says they deserve the same moral standing as humans. “The scientific research… suggests that dolphins are ‘non-human persons’ who qualify for moral standing as individuals,” he said. </p>

Animal IQs: Who Is The Smartest?

(ABOUT ANIMALS) This photo gallery places one animal aside another to compare wits. Though every species has innumerable strengths and skills (and many we human animals can only aspire to), some animals are standout brainiacs. See who on the next two pages! The who’s who of animal intelligence may surprise you. — Global Animal

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Chickens are not the only animals who could possibly predict earthquakes. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Humanity Hones In On Hen Intelligence

(OPED/FARM ANIMALS) Next time you’re elbow deep in an enormous bucket of fried chicken, take a second to consider the intelligence of the bird who gave their life for the lard-laden meal. A recent study from Britain suggests chickens are relatively practical thinkers and even make excellent students. Although chickens probably won’t be taking up […]

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Black Bear Plays Tetherball, Ball At Wildlife Sanctuary

Tetherball Bear

(ANIMAL VIDEO) Watch this black bear have a ball at his happy home at the Animal Ark Zoo in Reno, Nevada! This animal sanctuary works with the Nevada Department of Wildlife to help rehabilitate orphaned bears and release them back into the wild if/when they’re able. — Global Animal

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Man’s Best Friend Or Man’s Best Man?

(ANIMAL WELFARE/SCIENCE) Gregory Berns and his research team has successfully trained dogs to sit still for long enough in an MRI Scanner to receive a clear image of their brains. Images have proven dogs are more like people than we think, especially when considering brain activity in the specific brain region called the caudate nucleus. […]

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<p>Finn Jordan is now safe thanks to his canine companion. Photo Credit: WCSC</p>

Dog Tells Mom The Babysitter’s Bad

(PETS) South Carolina’s Benjamin and Hope Jordan are certainly thankful for their family dog. The couple became suspicious of their son Finn’s babysitter, Alexis Khan after the dog showed aggression towards her. The Jordan’s left the house and recorded Khan one night, discovering the dog’s intuition to be spot on; Khan had been abusing their […]

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<p>Researchers train dogs to sniff out odors that indicate the presence of ovarian cancer.</p>

Dogs Sniff Out Ovarian Cancer

(ANIMAL SCIENCE) Sniffing is a dogs favorite past-time. Food, people, another dog’s butt…you name it, they’ve probably sniffed it at one time or another. They even put their keen sense of smell to good use by helping police uncover drugs and doctors diagnose certain diseases.  Now researchers in Pennsylvania are looking to man’s best friend […]

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Dolphins may have the longest social memory in the animal kingdom. Photo: Getty Images

Remember: A Dolphin Never Forgets

(DOLPHINS/ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE) A new study suggests bottlenose dolphins have an extensive social memory that could be the longest in the animal kingdom. The dolphins in the study were able to remember past tank mates from over 20 years ago based on their unique whistles, similar to how humans remember names. The study could raise further […]

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