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    In this BBC special, Dr. Alex Taylor has set up an eight-step puzzle to try and stump one of the smartest crows he’s seen in captivity. They describe the puzzle as “one of the most complex tests of the animal mind ever.” This bird, dubbed “007″ for its crafty mind, flies into the caged puzzle and spends only seconds analyzing the puzzle before getting down to business. Despite the puzzle’s difficulty, the bird only seems to be stumped momentarily. At the end of the puzzle is a food reward, but how he gets there is what will really blow your mind.



    I'm fascinated by animal intelligence and believe animals a far smarter than most of us give them credit for. I've seen a flock of birds sing in chorus. I've seen multiple bird species act together, squawking to try to defend a baby bird from a cat and completely calm down for me as I rescued it and let them take over. I have a super smart cat who has done two stage thinking ( he scratched at the door to get my attention and when he got it, he lead me to his empty food bowl.


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    That's impressive.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dimituuur View Post
    In this BBC special, Dr. Alex Taylor has set up an eight-step puzzle to try and stump one of the smartest crows he’s seen in captivity. They describe the puzzle as “one of the most complex tests of the animal mind ever.” This bird, dubbed “007″ for its crafty mind, flies into the caged puzzle and spends only seconds analyzing the puzzle before getting down to business. Despite the puzzle’s difficulty, the bird only seems to be stumped momentarily. At the end of the puzzle is a food reward, but how he gets there is what will really blow your mind.





    I'm fascinated by animal intelligence and believe animals a far smarter than most of us give them credit for. I've seen a flock of birds sing in chorus. I've seen multiple bird species act together, squawking to try to defend a baby bird from a cat and completely calm down for me as I rescued it and let them take over. I have a super smart cat who has done two stage thinking ( he scratched at the door to get my attention and when he got it, he lead me to his empty food bowl.
    Smart crow!

    My cat learned that when he tried to wake me up early in the morning, poking me in the face with his paw, I still would not get up to feed him, but he figured out that we would always let the dog out, no matter what time it was. So he'd go torment the dog until the dog would finally get up and go into the bedroom and wake us up, just to get away from that annoying feline. And of course, since I was already up, I'd feed the cat.
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    Excellent but not surprising. It's often surprising to people who think animals aren't capable. Some people even think that dogs and cats are not self-aware.
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    I read between the lines that (I think):
    1 – the crow learned to use a stick to get a morsel from behind the bars,
    2 – it learned to drop stones in the tube to get a morsel from the clear plastic box, and
    3 – it learned to use a long stick when a short one didn't reach.
    And then it was able to combine all those lessons to do what the video shows.

    Certainly it did not see the mechanism inside the clear plastic box and figure out how it worked. Even a human child would have some trouble figuring it out.



    Cats have their own stupidity, as can probably be said for many animals, even humans.

    Build a very simple spiral maze. Tether a chicken at the center, and put the cat on the outside. The cat will enter the maze, move monotonically closer to the chicken, and capture it and eat it. Tether the chicken on the outside, and put the cat in the center. The cat will starve to death because, although the spiral allows it to get closer to the chicken, it also requires the cat to move away from the chicken, which it will refuse to do. The cat will fail to capture/eat the chicken.
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