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6 Species Proving Humans Aren’t the Only Intelligent Ones on the Planet

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6. Octopuses

Tool use, it turns out, is not even limited to animals that have a spine. Scientists recently observed an octopus using a coconut shell as a mobile shelter. By carrying it along, the octopus could stop anywhere and crawl in, finding protection from potential predators while on the go.

Though no animal has exhibited the desire or ability to cooperate and transform the planet to the extent humans have, it’s clear that many species deserve more credit than they been given in the past.

This post was originally published by Treehugger.


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3:29PM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Human intelligence?? I guess I watch the news to much.

7:35AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:09PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

We can learn so much from the animals. We have but there is always more.

7:42AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Every day my African Grays prove to me how smart they are

8:11PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

I've always thought animals were more intelligent than humans.

6:13AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

The difference between us and these animals is that they show compassion and will help a human in distress. We show no compassion and murder them in droves.
They are many more species showing intelligence. All being smarter than humans by not destroying the enviroment

4:15AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

The story stated that:
Though no animal has exhibited the desire or ability to cooperate and transform the planet to the extent humans have.

Isn't that the truth?
No species has screwed up and polluted the Earth like the human species has.
No other species has the knowledge, the power and yet the stupidity to completely destroy the Earth's Environment.
Ever wonder why all things are in Harmony on this Planet, except for smart old us?

2:06AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Re human versus animal intelligence. In the hills there are roads with cattle grids and loose sheep grazing on the other side. I met this dumb motorist who complained that he kept damaging his car by hitting sheep! (Never mind the poor sheep!)

I've never hit a sheep because I can always tell if there is a ewe on one side of the road and a lamb on the other. When scared, the lamb will run to its mother. It's only been on this planet for a month or two so it hasn't had time to learn about traffic. But the motorist has had *how* many years to learn about sheep!? So which is the stupid one!

2:04AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Read 'King Solomon's Ring' by Konrad Lorenz, who won the Nobel Prize for his studies of animla behaviour. It's book you'll never forget!

9:25AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Our African Grey mourned the loss of his friend Merlyn, a Blue Front Amazon who died of liver disease and our bunny Thumper whom he considered his pet when she died of jaw cancer.

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