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Animal Cognition

BBC Video: Proof that calling some politicians “bird-brained” is an insult to birds

In the BBC video posted below, a complex puzzle is set up in an attempt to stump a crow. These birds are well-known for their intelligence and use of tools. The crow’s problem-solving skills are amazing, which begs the questions: Should we elect crows to Congress? Could they do a better job of solving the […]

Farm Sanctuary: Chickens are smarter than a 4-year-old human

Bruce Friedrich of the Farm Sanctuary wrote an editorial concerning the intelligence level of chickens, published August 16 on the New York Daily News website. Friedrich notes the Farm Sanctuary has been caring for rescued chickens and other animals for 25 years. They have “come to understand them as individuals with interests, desires, and personalities.” […]

Video: Important studies on canine cognition

Studies have been going on for years at Duke University – in researching dog cognition. Our pets are connected to us a special level and animals such as dogs and cats do truly possess self-awareness and individual states of consciousness. PACK MENTALITY BLOG: Compassion – teamed with Science and Logic

Study: Bears can count

Scientists have trained three American black bears to count, or at least to select between groups of dots on a touchscreen. (I guess everybody loves these new tablets.) An article on ScienceMag.org reports the bears’ performance in the study matches those of monkeys. Every study like this one takes us another step closer to a […]

Another case offers more evidence of self-awareness in dogs

I recently got into a back-and-forth about greyhound racing under a Huffington Post blog entry. A couple of folks on the pro-racing side talked about the dogs as “athletes” and about how much they are worth in monetary terms. And they claimed the dogs love racing. I came out of the discussion thinking about how […]