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Top 10 Smartest Animals

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Top 10 Smartest Animals

By Animal Planet

10. Rat

No. 10 in our countdown of smartest animals is the rat, a highly intelligent yet much-maligned animal in Western cultures. Widely used in research, the lab rat has been known to find shortcuts, loopholes and escape routes in the laboratory experiments designed by the top scientific minds of our time. In Chinese culture, the rat is revered for its cunning and resourcefulness. And for good reason — the rat has successfully colonized every continent on Earth except for Antarctica. And if history is any indication, they’ll be there too soon enough.

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12:27AM PST on Feb 2, 2014

I am not wishing to be critical. I'd like to let those of you who are interested that the picture feature as an American Crow is actually a picture of a Common Raven.

The crow has been shown to use reason, they have a long term memory for individual faces and individual peoples behavior, they are capable of processing the need and use for tools and have a complex social structures that some scientists believe is more similar to ours than the Chimps.

1:14PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Thank you.

12:39PM PDT on Aug 31, 2013

This is only a list of 10 animals, so many "intelligent" ones won't make it. Most animals are more intelligent than given credit for, either because they are poorly researched, misunderstood because of OUR lack of intelligence or empathy, or the standards for rating are often biased and ethnocentric and don't consider the importance of culture and environment in intentionality of what is learned.

Although the fact that animals are so intelligent should make us treat them better, even "dumb" animals should be seen as worthy of respect. IQ, even if able to be measured adequately, should never be the sole criteria for evaluating the merit of a creature. Intelligence is an abstract term and can be measured in many different ways. There is so much that can be learned by our association with and study of all animals, even the most seemingly insignificant.

Humans think they are so smart, and yet in some sense, we are the dumbest creatures on earth. I am often amazed at how little many humans know about their own pets, let alone the ignorance of other animals. The mere fact that we can be so cruel and do not appreciate the abundance we have been given by the contribution of so many animals, is just plain senseless and stupid.

12:52PM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

rats are smarter than many other pets im glad they made the list

9:11PM PDT on Aug 28, 2012

Good read

2:31PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

some of those were very surprising, thanks for sharing.

7:11AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012


4:39PM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

Fascinating post. Thank you.

4:22PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Were is the dog?

9:09PM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Animals are wonderful beings, very sadly too often poorly treated.

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