Top 10 Most Intelligent Animals on this Planet
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Humans are thought to be the only intelligent species in the world but this is just a misconception on the part of humans. Animals are also intelligent in many ways and sometimes they have more brainpower, better in a lot of ways, than humans. Some of the animals are specialized to do things that human beings can’t begin to ever think.

The list of 10 Most Intelligent Animals in the World

1. Chimpanzee

2. Dolphins

3. Orangutans

4. Parrots

5. Rats

6. The Elephant

7. Pigs

8. Crows

9. Squirrels

10. Octopuses

Which Are The Most Intelligent Animals in the World?

1. Chimpanzee

Top 10 Most Intelligent Animals on this Planet
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Also known as chimps or apes, these animals, native to sub-Saharan Africa are very smart. Chimpanzees resemble humans not only as far as their looks are concerned but also they can think like us humans to a good extent. Next to humans, they are the most intelligent creations of God. They communicate within their group in an amazing way. They can also use tools that they find in the forest to search for food or to find their community. If the chimpanzees are properly trained they may even learn human language.

Facts about Chimpanzee:

* Vulnerable to many human diseases, like measles, influenza, hepatitis B, ringworm and cold sores.

* Have the knowledge of working with tools.

* Live in social communities of several dozen animals, known as troops. Hierarchies are formed by the adult males of a community, who are led by an Alpha Male. Chimpanzees share more than 98 percent of the human DNA.

* Use large sticks and branches as clubs or even throw them at enemies, just like humans. Chimps touch each other a lot and may even kiss when they meet. They have also been seen holding hands and grooming each other. It has been noticed by scientists that chimps use medicinal plants to treat themselves for illness and injury.

2. Dolphins

Top 10 Most Intelligent Animals on this Planet
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Dolphins cannot go into a full deep sleep, because then they would suffocate. Some kinds of dolphins can hold their breath for 30 minutes. The dolphin can live to be 30 years old.

Many dolphins are playful and acrobatic by nature, and one particular type of dolphin, the spinner dolphin, has its own special trick. Its name comes from the spinner’s ability to jump clear of the water and spin on a longitudinal axis (from head to tail) up to four times before diving back into the water. This gravity-defying display may be a form of communication — or it might just be fun. The Orca or killer whale is the largest species of dolphins.

Dolphins don’t make any noises with their mouth. They don’t even have vocal cords. All sounds come through the dolphin’s blowhole! The echolocation abilities of dolphins are better than any human made sonar system. US navy uses dolphins as their helpers in locating lost divers. Dolphins can recognize themselves in a mirror!!

The scientific name of the dolphin family are “delphinidae”.

The dolphins give birth to their young ones by rotating faster in the water. The young ones come out with their tails first to ensure that they’re not drowned.

Dolphin, in Greek means ‘fish with a womb’. The weight of a dolphin’s brain is nearly 1700-1800 grams and of humans is about 1200 grams!!

3. Orangutans

Top 10 Most Intelligent Animals on this Planet
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Orangutan is one of the four great apes: in the world, the other three being gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos. At the same time, it is the only ape that is found in Asia, all the other three are from Africa. In the earlier times, people thought an orangutan to be a person hiding in the trees, trying to avoid having to go to work or become a slave.

Orangutan is the only ape that is strictly arboreal. At the same time, it is the largest tree-living mammal in the world.

An orangutan baby has the longest childhood dependence on its mother in the world, averaging at six years. Orangutan females give birth only about once every 8 years, the longest time between births of any mammal on earth.

As a male orangutan gets older, its face starts developing cheek pads and the throat starts getting a pouch. Orangutans share almost 97 percent of the human DNA.

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4. Parrots

Top 10 Most Intelligent Animals on this Planet
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Also known as psittacines, parrots are native to subtropical and tropical regions. You must have seen parrots repeating words and talking, and this clearly shows how intelligent they are. They can learn easily almost whatever their master teaches or regularly says in front of them. Parrots like eating seeds, buds, fruits, and nuts, and they can solve various complex problems.

5. Rats

Top 10 Most Intelligent Animals on this Planet
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The ability to think about thinking is known as metacognition, and some years ago scientists found out that rats, just like humans, have the ability to make decisions on the basis of what they do not or do know. Also, studies have proved that rats are ticklish, self-aware, and even dream like us humans. Pet rats are very social and share strong bonds with their humans. They can learn their names and come when asked. They even beg to come out of their cage when they want to play with their owners.

6. The Elephant

Top 10 Most Intelligent Animals on this Planet
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According to evolutionary history, the mammoth (an extinct elephant species) is more closely related to Asian elephant species. Just like an individual is left or right-handed, an elephant may be either right-tusked or left-tusked, based on its preference. The extra long second upper incisor or tusk is one of the hereditary characters in elephants. Tusks are mainly used as weapons.

For elephants, the speed of walking averages about 4 mph (miles per hour). And these mammals have the ability to swim for longer distances. An angry elephant twirls its trunk, and blows dirt in the air. Also, rapid waiving of the ears indicates an angry state.

Elephants, despite their size, can walk smoothly and silently. This is because of the soft padding or cushion that covers the sole of their feet.

Elephants have been known to die of broken hearts if a mate dies. They refuse to eat and will lay down, shedding tears until they starve to death. They refuse all human help.

Scientists are beginning to believe that animals do have emotions and that their feelings may be more intense and unfiltered than our own. Emotion rises from the old brain, the limbic system, which birds and reptiles as well as dogs, humans, and other mammals share. Humans have additional brain structures and symbolic language to process our feelings and a complex array of psychological defense mechanisms that allay or soften the impact of our emotions. We repress, deny, subjugate, dissociate, and use all kinds of conscious and unconscious machinations to separate ourselves from our feelings, but animals have no such recourse, so their emotions are likely to be raw and strong. In fact, this may be one of the reasons we find them so attractive: they wear their hearts on their sleeves, so to speak.

People seem to deny the existence of animal emotions so that they can continue to justify inhumane treatment and exploitation and avoid the fact that our actions have a deep emotional impact on our fellow beings.

7. Pigs

Top 10 Most Intelligent Animals on this Planet
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Yes you heard it right, pigs are among the smartest animals to live on Earth. Pigs are generally thought to be dumb but that’s not the reality. Pig’s mental capacity can be like that of a 3 year old human child. They are said to have emotions and feelings. Pigs have dreams in night and they cry while mourning. They have the ability to learn new skills every day. Pigs can also cope up with environmental stress.

8. Crows

Top 10 Most Intelligent Animals on this Planet
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The brain size of a crow is nearly the size of a human thumb which is quite big keeping in mind its body size. This helps them solve complex problems and also they have a good memory. According to scientists, crows have the ability to remember and recognize individual human faces. Different parts of a crow’s brain start lighting up when they see a person and figure out if they are threatening or friendly. So, the next time you even think of hurting a crow, remember that they are not likely to forget and forgive.

9. Squirrels

Top 10 Most Intelligent Animals on this Planet
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Squirrels are small and cute animals that live in both domestic and wild environment. They are not associated with capabilities related to humans. They don’t act like humans but when it comes to food gathering they turn out to be one of the smartest animals known. Squirrels can go to any limit for gathering food and they are also believed to have intelligent memory skills.

10. Octopuses

Top 10 Most Intelligent Animals on this Planet
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Octopuses are the creepiest animals. They are one of the highly skilled predators. They have also been featured in programs such as Built for the kill (Net Geo). Octopuses have extreme abilities to mimic their environment by changing color when it’s trying to hide from its Predator. And they can be a predator to the predator, they can turn the table around and eat whoever are hunting them.

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