World’s Smartest animals


1. Chimps

Chimps are almost like us

Chimps make and use tools, hunt in organized groups and engage in acts of violence. They’re capable of empathy, altruism and self-awareness.

2. Dolphins

Dolphins get creative.

Scientists say that’s just one sign of dolphin smarts. Frustrated human test subjects just let out a sigh of relief when they caught on to the idea.

3. Elephants

Elephants exhibit self-awareness

The sheer size of their brains suggests that elephants must know a thing or two about the ways of the world.

4. Cephalopods

Cephalopods have big brains

They have a seemingly irrepressible curiosity, a disdain for boredom, an ability to learn and the capacity to use tools.

5. Crows

The birds are born with a tool-making ethic, but they hone their craft by watching their elders, a sign of higher intelligence.

6. Squirrels

Squirrels can be deceptive

The behavior increased in a lab experiment after squirrels observed humans stealing their peanuts.

7. Dogs

Man’s best friend

They can learn to sit, lie down and fetch, for example, but can they read their owner’s intentions?

Research suggests they can at least find food in response to non-verbal cues.

8. Cats

Cats are adaptable

Cats learn the tricks by observation and imitation, egged on with positive reinforcement.

9. Pigs

Pigs are wise … and clean

Pigs don’t have sweat glands, so they roll around in the mud to stay cool.


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