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5 Animals with Incredible Memories

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2. Elephants.

Nobody can hold a grudge like an elephant. The animals live in close-knit social groups, and are able to identify at least 30 of their relatives. Their incredible capacity to remember also plays into the fact that, well, few animals can hold a grudge quite like elephants. One study that looked at a herd of African elephants found that the animals reacted negatively to the scents of a nearby tribe whose members sometimes slaughter them. Elephants have also been known to remember human abusers several years afterward. More recently, a herd of Indian elephants refused to leave the site where one of their members was struck and killed by a train, damaging several structures along the way.

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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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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.

4:44PM PDT on Sep 28, 2013

I think all animals have good memories.

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