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5 Animals with Incredible Memories

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4. Horses.

Many horse lovers have long claimed that their old pals remember them after years of separation, and, now there’s the science to back up these claims. Like dolphins and elephants, wild horses live in tight-knit communities, and thus benefit from having a strong capacity for remembering others. Horses in captivity experience, research has shown, a similar relationship with humans. After long periods of separation, horses will remember their human pal.

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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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9:18AM PDT on May 16, 2015

Really interesting.

I believe what you write about ravens. They are regular visitors here and have excellent memories about when and what and how much I have fed them. I follow current guidelines which say to vary the quantity and frequency of food so that they don't become reliant on it; it's just an extra treat and helps them through inclement weather.
They apparently haven't read the guidelines. They know when I'll be watching my favourite tv shows and will sit on the fence outside my window and kick up a fuss. Recently a mother came with her baby and she was clearly teaching him how to do it.

Impossible to get mad at them when they are so smart and so beautiful; and don't they know it!

10:10PM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

Animals are compassionate, intelligent, sentient beings. They're very similar to us; while they still do have their differences. I believe animals are the most effective form of therapy you can ever give someone.

10:06AM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

Thanks for sharing this, absolutely fascinating although not overly surprising! Animals have remarkable intelligence that they are sometimes not credited for.

1:09PM PDT on May 13, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

5:47AM PST on Feb 13, 2014

Thank you for this article. I am not surprised, whatever made us think that we are the "cream of the crop"? There is so much intelligence in the universe, not necessarily in the human world

11:48AM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

that's exciting about the ravens. They have such personalities. I'm not surprised they can remember.

3:09PM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

Agree. Animals are sharper than us!

7:44AM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

i think animals have better memory and better senses than humans .

8:16PM PDT on Oct 2, 2013

I get the feeling you don't want to get on the bad side with ANY bird.

5:57AM PDT on Oct 2, 2013

Thanks for the article.

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