If you believed that humans are the only smartest and intelligent race inhabiting the planet earth, then guess what you might be completely wrong. Long gone the days when humans were the only smartest creatures living on the planet earth. Animals are considered man’s best companion but what if they possess almost same intelligence level as you have. Here we present to you the list of some of the smartest animals on earth and go on reading to know if you have the one right before your eyes.
Elephants are exceptionally smart creatures with the largest brain that any land animal has. The most interesting part of elephants is that they can identify languages. Elephants can distinguish differences in age, gender, and ethnicity simply by hearing someone’s voice. They are great at showing empathy and comfort one another when distressed with the help of physical contact or vocal sounds. They are blessed with the capability to use tools, understand human body language and mimic human voices which make them different from other creatures.
Crows are among the fascinating and smartest animals in the world. They are capable of understanding cause and effect. Crows are seen similar to primates with their problem solving and tool-using abilities. They are very clever at problem-solving and are almost intellectual rivals to the brainy apes. They are also the tool makers and craft their tools meticulously. Many researchers believe that the crow’s work is on par with very early human tools such as spears and digging sticks. Some more interesting facts about crows include their capability to remember your face, a sharp memory and a very strong sense of community.
Chimpanzees are the third smartest animals alive on earth with their ability to learn sign language. They are able to use the mirrors just like we humans do and try to groom themselves whenever in front of a mirror. The decision making quality makes them appear different from other animals. They seem to wait, observe the situation and surroundings, and then act based on what they have seen and considered. Problem-solving is another skill attributed to the chimpanzees. They are capable of communicating not the same way as humans do but by making noises which indicate their general mood.
Rats are the smartest of all rodents and are one of those animals who are good at learning and understanding concepts. Just like dogs they are capable of thinking and figuring things out. They are highly social animals who get attached to one another, love their families and share a great bond with humans. A Recent study shows that when rats play or are tickled they tend to make chirping sounds which have a striking similarity to human laughter. Also, they fastidiously clean animals who groom themselves several times in a day. They have a complex system of communication and communicate by touch, smell, and sound.
The bottlenose dolphin is probably the most widely recognized marine mammal easily spotted just offshore from beaches around the world. Scientists have discovered that these bottlenose dolphins are so intelligent that they can be treated as ‘non-human persons’. Their communication is very similar to humans, and their brains have many key features associated with high intelligence. Dolphins have a distinct personality, a strong sense of self and can think about the future. Also, recent studies prove that bottlenose dolphins could recognize themselves in a mirror and use it to inspect various parts of their bodies.
The name orangutan literally translates into English as ‘person of forest’. Orangutans are considered one of the smartest creatures present on earth. They have the ability to reason and think. The display of various emotions like fear, joy, anger, surprise makes them appear just like humans. Apart from all this, they are blessed with insight, imitation, self- awareness and planning. These animals are usually large but gentle creatures. According to Indonesian mythology, orangutans have the ability to speak.
Pigeons are considered to be fiendishly advanced regarding what they can recognize. According to a study conducted by the University of Montana, the pigeon is one of the smartest and most physically adept creatures in the animal kingdom. These birds can learn how to count items and can recognize themselves in the mirror. They can recognize all the 26 letters of the English language. They are blessed with the ability to differentiate between two people and can remember a large number of individual images for a very long time.