From sheep to rats, we have discovered which of the many animals that roam our planet are among some of the smartest. These are the 12 Smartest Animals In The Kingdom, besides us.
#4 – Sea Lions
Sea lions, like whales, are used in shows, like the one pictured here, because of their intelligence and ability to take direction and follow a series of commands. Sea lions are so smart that some, like a remarkable sea lion named Rio, can tell the difference between the A, B, Cs and the numbers 1, 2, 3. Sea lions, just like dogs, can perform and remember a number of tricks, which is another reason why they are such a popular sea life attraction. Sea lions are so smart that when they started to understand that hunters were killing them off in places like Uruguay, South American sea lions began foraging for food at higher tropical altitudes to get away from the slaughter. While that doesn’t say good things about us humans, it does go to prove that sea lions are very intelligent and will clearly do what they have to in order to survive.
#3 – Dogs
Dogs are considered man’s best friend for more than one reason, but the main one is because of the interactions we have with them. We befriend them, train them, and take them everywhere; dogs are the best. The reason dogs are good at their interactions with us is because they are intelligent animals. You can train a dog to do pretty much whatever you want. We send them out on rescue missions, you’ll find them alongside members of our law enforcement, and you’ll also see them as service animals. All of these things aren’t just coincidence. If that dog couldn’t find the person buried in the rumble, do you think we would use it in the future? No. If the police dogs did more harm than good, would they still be included on the force? No. And if you think that we would still use a dog to help some blind man across the road if the dog got his last owner killed, you’re just crazy. From things like bringing in the morning paper to pulling out family members from a burning building, dogs have shown us time and time again just how smart and loyal they are.
#2 – Elephants
Although you might think that the size of their brain is just in proportion to the size of their bodies, you might be surprised to know that elephants have the largest brain of any land animal, with three times the amount of neurons as we have! Through various experiments, researchers have discovered that elephants can identify the gender, age, and ethnicity of a human purely by the sound of their voice. If the person speaking seems to be a threat, the elephants will change their tone to a more defensive one. We have also seen that elephants, like chimps, use tools and things around them for problem-solving as well as entertainment. Do you guy remember the elephant that could paint using a paintbrush?! That’s the sort of amazingness we get out of these gigantic beasts. One elephant has even been caught digging a hole for water, drinking the water, and then plugging the hole with chewed bark so that the water could be saved for later. In addition to things like that, elephants can remember where watering holes are even if they haven’t returned to them in years.
#1 – Chimps
Of course, we had to give chimps the number one spot in our smartest animal video; they’re too smart not to be our top choice! Chimps may be our closest relatives on the ancestral tree, but chimps give us plenty more reasons than that to call them some of the smartest around. We are all very aware that chimps are among the best at making and using tools. Their behaviors within their own species make them seem even more like us. Not only do they hunt in groups, but they are extremely social animals that are capable of empathy, problem-solving, self-awareness, as well as cooperating within a group. A chimp’s memory is so good that in some tests, they have even outperformed us. They also learn through example and experience which is one of the reasons why they are such quick learners. Everything that we have learned about this species screams that it’s the smartest in the entire animal kingdom, just after us.
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