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 time when the overwhelming consensus points to animals having a higher level of intelligence than previously thought and that animals are indeed self-aware.
And if you still don’t believe that bears even want to learn new things, just take a gander at the Associated Press story about a bear who broke into a high school in Anchorage, Alaska. The school: Bartlett High School. It’s mascot: The Golden Bears.