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Animal Intelligents!

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Who is the smartest animal species of them all?

There’s been a lot of debate on which species of animal is the most intelligent. As more research is done on the animal kingdom, we are seeing many animals that possess similar intelligence and cognitive abilities to humans. So in no particular order, we have compiled a list for you to decide for yourself.

Pigs

Pigs are extremely social animals that communicate with one another. They have the capacity to store information in their brains as they have excellent long-term memories. They have been proved learn new skills easily and be trained just as a dog is. Studies show pigs learn similarly to the way children learn and that the brain capacity of a pig is that of a three-year-old child.

Pigeons

Birds are an intelligent species in general, but pigeons take the level of being a smarty-pants up a notch. Pigeons hold the incredible instinct that directs them back home, even when they’ve flown hundreds of miles in the opposite direction. Pigeons have also been known to do this blindfolded. Carrier pigeons can also deliver messages as long as 1,800km away. We don't even know if humans can do that without the use of maps!

Dolphins

We couldn’t make a list without including one of the most playful animals in the kingdom. The dolphin’s playful tendencies is also linked to intelligence. The sea mammal is an obligate breathers meaning they have to consciously open and close their blowholes in order to breathe. While sleeping, they only rest one side of their brain, contributing to the large size of it. You will vey rarely see a dolphin alone, as they are embedded into a complex social network, more so than humans.

Octopus

You may remember Inky the Escape Artist. He was just one of many eight-legged animals to play tricks on humans. Octopuses have the ability to communicate using colours and mimic shapes, manipulating objects in the same way our hand does. They have also been seen using tools and squeezing out of jars and tight places. Inky wasn't the first and we're sure he won't be the last!

Chimpanzees

You’re probably not shocked the chimpanzee has made it onto the list. They are very much like us humans – and not just in appearance. Chimps are another species from the animal kingdom that use tools in order to accomplish tasks. Numerous chimpanzees have also been trained and launched into space so scientists could investigate the biological effects space travel has on us.

Dogs

Most people are well aware of how intelligent dogs are. This is because many of us can experience it first hand! Depending on the breed, dogs can be trained in many different ways. Dogs can be trained using verbal cues, hand gestures and through images. Scientists are looking into whether it’s related to dogs understanding someone else’s point of view. Dogs have been proved to help solve crimes and find missing people.