Smartest Animals In The World

Since we were little they teach us that human beings are the most intelligent animal and no other can compare, but numerous studies have shown that there are many species of animals that are more intelligent than anyone thought, reaching an almost human intelligence. These incredible creatures have gone through an evolution of intelligence that has resulted in animals with fabulous superpowers. What would you think if I told you that there are animals that are smarter than us? Would you still believe that we are the highest beings on earth?

11 The Birds Of The City


Pigeons, parrots, parakeets and other birds that you see flying around your city are much smarter than you think. Although urbanization can be detrimental to many animals, birds living in the city have been found to evolve in such a way that they have become smarter than those living in the countryside. According to some studies, city birds face more challenges than normal, which is why they become more resourceful and innovative when it comes to survival. This allows them to solve simple puzzles like removing a small cover that hides bird seed faster and more efficiently than wild birds, plus they developed a much stronger immune system.

10 Ant Colonies


A single ant shows little sign of intelligence, but as a colony ants become much brighter and smarter than anyone would have thought. The key to ants' success is solving problems by replicating simple actions that become complex patterns. This capacity for social organization is called a superorganism, and it is just what human beings need to progress more quickly, don't you think? This comparison is not as crazy as you think, since many experts have compared ant colonies and their complex structures with human cities. The great ability of ants to work as one, gives them the advantage when facing bigger and stronger insects, defending their territory from predators and invaders. There are also so-called "super-colonies" that spread across the world with billions of workers and multiple queens, becoming immortal super-organisms. What better superpower than immortality?

9 The Cat


The myth is well known that cats do not recognize the sound of your voice when you call them by name and therefore do not respond to your call, but the harsh reality is that your cat does recognize your voice, only that it is not interested in responding at your call.

According to a study of 20 domestic cats, cats are able to differentiate the characteristics of their owners' voices, compared to voices from strangers, they simply decide not to respond to these, with only 10% of cats responding with a meow at the call of their owners.

This feline characteristic does not reflect lack of intelligence, but rather the apathy of a semi-domesticated creature, but this does not prevent us from loving them.

8 The Capuchin Monkey

Most Intelligent Animals

The Capuchin monkey is capable of recognizing unfair treatment just like human beings. In one experiment, two capuchin monkeys would be awarded food if they handed a rock to a human. One monkey was given a piece of cucumber while the other a delicious grape. The monkey that received the cucumber was able to tell the difference and after another attempt to get a grape and receive just the piece of cucumber in return, it went haywire like a toddler throwing a tantrum. This is a clear sign of intelligence in monkeys and a characteristic that emerged from evolution.

7 The Raven


Crows throughout history have been associated with tales of horror, witches, and bad luck. What many people don't know is that, when it comes to cognitive ability, these birds are above many other species. One of these birds was able to overcome one of the most complex tests of tool use developed for animals. Another crow managed to make a simple tool by bending a wire with impressive speed. In another experiment, it was shown that crows can be suspicious of others' intentions and this affects their decisions. This was accomplished by having two crows hide food without the other crow noticing, being careful even when the other crow could only observe them from a small hole. Finally, if you dare to threaten a crow, it will go to tell its friends and everyone will recognize you as a threat.

6 The Mycelium


In simple words, the Mycelium is the body of the fungus and the internet of fungi, a complex network that allows communication between them and connects them as a single organism. Many experts see this network as a conscious entity, being in charge of regulating various aspects of the life cycle of plants and ecosystems.

The Mycelium has the ability to learn from and adapt to variations in the environment by changing its growth patterns. Many scientists claim that this ability to learn and solve problems is a key sign of intelligence in this organism. Also Did you know that experts also claim that people can communicate directly with the Mycelium? Would you like to try communicating with mushrooms?

5 The Octopus


By observing the behavior of octopuses, it has been concluded that they have a higher consciousness than other species. They are able to escape from aquariums, make elaborate plans to steal oysters, and change their behavior according to the different people they come into contact with.

The octopus is as intelligent as some mammals, but it has the age in its favor being 230 million years older than these, well its species, of being on earth. It has been observed that octopuses play as mammals do and can use tools, thanks to the fact that they have the ability to grasp objects and handle them skillfully in their tentacles, in addition to having different personalities such as humans. Do you think that these creatures have an almost human intelligence?

4 The Bees


Bees have a very complex social structure that allows them to keep the hive strong and productive. They are one of the most perfect systems that nature has. That being the case, wouldn't you like to know what would happen if the bees could get drunk? Would this affect the productivity of the hive?

Some scientists decided to kill curiosity and test what could happen if they inebriate the bees with alcohol. This unusual experiment found that the duration of some behaviors of bees was affected, for example: the exchange of food with their companions. Productivity was reduced and the perfect efficiency of the hive was interrupted. Given this, the other bees decided to punish the intoxicated bees by ripping off their limbs. Wow that’s quite a punishment!

3 Elephant


Animals are mostly motivated by the survival instinct and do not possess the same emotional capacities as humans. But there are animals that have a much more complex emotional intelligence than we imagined.

An example of this is elephants who mourn the loss of their dead and have their own funeral rites. That is why there are elephant cemeteries where even entire families bury all their dead, to find them in one place. Elephants are also known to be more stressed and depressed when a family member dies. No one would have imagined that these creatures were so emotional.

2 The Pig


Amazing as it sounds, pigs are just as smart or even smarter than a 3-year-old. If you do not believe this statement, we will soon change your mind.

The pig is not only a source of food for humans, it is one of the smartest animals in the world. Pigs can form relationships in a human-like way, based on family ties and recognizing each member as an individual. In addition to this they can understand symbolic language, develop a special connection to humans, and play video games. This is not a joke, pigs can actually play video games developed for them and they love spending hours doing it. They can even play against humans! Do you still think that this smart animal is just delicious?

1 Kea Parrots


Kea Parrots are probably nature's greatest trolls. These funny birds developed a taste for activating traps for weasels and other animals without getting caught by the jaws of the traps. The Kea do this just for the fun of listening to the noises the traps make when activated and they don't gain any benefit from doing so. The hunters when they discovered these playful birds began to improve the traps, but each time they improved them, the parrots found a way to activate them again. Triggering the traps for no reason and only to disturb humans is an incomparable sign of human intelligence in these birds.


As you can see, there are many animals that have cognitive abilities comparable to ours. Now that we know the true intelligence of animals we can recognize its importance in our life and the need we have to protect them and protect their environment. Don't forget that animals are not inferior beings, they are as intelligent as you and they deserve the same respect.

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