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    10 of smartest animals on Earth

    I think all animals are smart because of rule of nature: "Only the strong and smart survives." Other wise perish.

    Here are some of smartest animals on the planet.

    Not in any particular order:

    Raven

    They are extremely resourceful animals that have been known to multi-task. Researchers from Canada and Scotland have shown that ravens use logic to understand their surroundings in a way that may surpass the ability of the great apes.

    Dolphins

    Dolphins are well-documented as intelligent animals. As Discovery News reports, the dolphin’s large brain is structured for awareness and emotion. In fact, dolphin brains are more structurally complex than humans.


    Rats
    Rats have earned a bad reputation, but they are highly intelligent creatures. As researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario point out, "Although rats may not approach cognitive tasks using strategies observed in human subjects, they are frequently successful on their own terms. Indeed, rats are adept at exploiting procedural loopholes and confounded variables overlooked by human test designers."

    Pigs

    Pigs may be the smartest domestic animals in the world. The New York Times reports on researchers who have found that domestic pigs can use mirrors to find their food, and will try to deceive other pigs so they can "hog" more food. They also learn quickly and can do tricks ranging from jumping through hoops to playing video games with joysticks.

    Bonobo

    Like other great apes, bonobos have been taught to use sign language and symbols. National Geographic writes of "the bonobo Kanzi, for instance, [who] carries his symbol-communication board with him so he can talk to his human researchers, and he has invented combinations of symbols to express his thoughts."

    Ducks

    Ducklings just might be capable of abstract thought too.
    A new study suggests that ducklings can learn, and imprint on, the relationship between objects, considering more than just the characteristics of the objects themselves. And that could disrupt what we think about thought. When a duckling hatches, it quickly identifies its mother, or what it thinks is its mother, and begins to follow her around.

    Elephants

    Elephants have a reputation for smarts. Elephants have been observed using tools such as sticks to pick at ticks or using palm fronds to swat at flies. As the Nature Institute points out, "many young elephants [in the wild] develop the naughty habit of plugging up the wooden bell they wear around their necks with good stodgy mud or clay so that the clappers cannot ring, in order to steal silently into a grove of cultivated bananas at night."

    Cows

    Cows seem like placid animals merely concerned with chewing their cud. As it turns out, they possess a rich and complex emotional life. The Times reports that scientists have found that cows have friends and enemies. Further, "Cows are also capable of feeling strong emotions such as pain, fear and even anxiety — they worry about the future."

    Bees

    Bees exhibit what experts call classic swarm intelligence. A single bee may not be smart in the classical sense, but a hive of bees is. As National Geographic reports, swarm intelligence works when no single creature sees "the big picture." Rather, each works on simple rules in one location.

    Squirrels

    Anyone who has ever seen a squirrel dart across a crowded street has wondered if it is aware of the danger. It turns out a squirrel may be — but if there is food on the opposite end of the street, it may not matter. Squirrels are fast learners, according to a recent study from Science Daily, and they learn from their peers. Stealing food is a trick that squirrels pass along.

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    Smokey, thanks: these are great, love 'em.

    I think maybe we could quibble about a few choices, but all these creatures have remarkable powers in their own environments. The great apes like bonobos are obviously smart. Ravens and the crow cousins are startlingly intelligent and belie the phrase, "bird brain". Pigs too are underrated by people who don't know a lot about them; experts consider them at least as smart as dogs.

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    You can add Orca's to that list along with big cats and Wolve's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feanor View Post
    Pigs too are underrated by people who don't know a lot about them; experts consider them at least as smart as dogs.
    I wonder why dogs are not included in this list. Maybe 1000’s years of Dogs domestication have rubs off some of their smart as being close to humans deprive them of their natural environments and instinct. But many can argue against that point

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokey View Post
    I wonder why dogs are not included in this list. Maybe 1000’s years of Dogs domestication have rubs off some of their smart as being close to humans deprive them of their natural environments and instinct. But many can argue against that point
    Maybe we have just too much familiarity with dogs to give them the credit they deserve.

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    Dogs should definitely be on the list. I have a Giant Schnauzer and they are called the dog with the human brain. They are too smart for their own good. It is the second one that I have owned and he constantly amazes me at how much he understands and even at 10 years of age he is still learning to do new things like open the sliding door to my deck and also open the latch to the gate that goes from my deck to my back yard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackraven View Post
    Dogs should definitely be on the list. I have a Giant Schnauzer and they are called the dog with the human brain. They are too smart for their own good. It is the second one that I have owned and he constantly amazes me at how much he understands and even at 10 years of age he is still learning to do new things like open the sliding door to my deck and also open the latch to the gate that goes from my deck to my back yard.
    Heheheh…that’s funny

    I would go as far as say that smarts vary between Dog’s breeds. I used to two dogs of different breed (small and medium size) in the fenced back yard, and small one was much smarter than medium size dog.

    Anytime I finished playing with them in the back yard, and I opened the gate to exit, the small one would always bite on back of my pants legging trying to hold me back from leaving. He wants to play more

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