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12 Animals That Are Almost As Smart As Humans

Some animals can be very surprising, given their level of intelligence. You cannot help but wonder how they’re so smart that they can be compared to humans. Here are some of the animals that research has shown are almost as smart as humans

  1. Dolphins

Dolphins are so smart that they’ve been considered to be referred to as non-human persons. They’re also the only animal apart from man that copulates for pleasure. Dolphins also, call each other by a unique name.

  1. Chimpanzees

Chimpanzees are popularly known as the closest living relative known to man. We share almost 99 per cent of our DNA (the little bits of genetic code that make us who we are) with them. It turns out that they share some of our brainpower as well.

  1. Elephants

Research has shown that elephants can understand languages, differentiate between them and they can identify when a man, woman, or child is speaking.

  1. Crows

It is rumoured that crows can find solutions to problems that an eight-year-old child cannot solve. Scientists have done a series of studies that prove that they might be just as good, or better, at solving problems.

  1. Octopuses

It is usually surprising to believe that an invertebrate can possess the amount of intelligence that octopuses do, but it is real. They are known to be able to distinguish between human behaviour and know enough to stay away from a harsh person in favour of a more friendly one.

  1. Rats

Surprisingly, rats are one of the most intelligent animals known to man. They have been known to find creative ways to solve problems that will leave the human mind marvelled. Numerous lab rats have been known to find shortcuts, loopholes and escape routes in the laboratory experiments designed by the top scientific minds of our time.

  1. Pigeons

Unknown to many people, the Pigeon isn’t just like every other random pest, it can, in fact, can recognize hundreds of images even after several years have passed. It can also identify itself in a mirror and learn to perform a sequence of movements.

  1. Squirrel

The squirrel is a notorious trickster and a constant problem for farmers all over the world. Squirrels spend a lot of time perfecting their survival strategies which almost always involve stealing from humans. They also pretend to hide their food to confuse potential thieves.

  1. Pigs

When you are able to get past the poor hygiene of pigs, you’ll find that they’re highly intelligent animals. They also tend to out-compete any native species wherever they’ve introduced thanks to their cunning nature.

  1. Orangutan

Orangutans are the smartest animals in the Ape family, and they exhibit a high level of social intelligence and cultural system similar to humans.

  1. Goats

Goats are another species of animals blessed with high intelligence and excellent long term memory. During the research, scientists were marvelled at how quickly the goats learned how to use a mechanical device to get fruits. And it was even more impressive that they remembered the process ten months later.

  1. Cats

Cats aren’t just smart, they’re also some of the most independent animals in the animal kingdom. Cats are also nonchalant, which is another proof that they’re quite smart.

Written by Adeyinka Taiwo

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