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10 Smartest Animals (Slideshow)

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10 Smartest Animals (Slideshow)


Tools, funerals, laughter, and self-awareness — these aren’t all unique to humans! Check out 10 of the most intelligent animals on the planet.

See Also: 6 Of History’s Most Famous Cats (Slideshow)

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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5:06AM PDT on Sep 4, 2014

What is so useful about a rat's "quietness"?

4:02AM PDT on May 18, 2014

Animals are much smarter than we give them credit for. We are the stupid ones; ruining our own habitat!

2:22AM PDT on May 7, 2012

interesting article, thanks for sharing :)

2:52PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012


1:53PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Joe R. contrary to popular belief Afghan Hounds are not stupid,they are highly intelligent.The reason why they are hard to train is because they are very independent,not stupid.

10:01AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Good compilation!

12:03AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Very nice list....I really think dolphins are at least as smart as chimps...we just don't understand their language...

5:27PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

All animals are smart in their own way! (And yes, even Afghan hounds.)

3:00PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

After watching the PBS show "Decoding Dogs", I would have to put dogs above primates and monkeys, but agree that all are intelligent. Sad when you think about the way most are treated in our world. If intelligence = power, I wonder how they all would treat us?

1:09PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

Interesting list, fun facts, and LOVELY photos!

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