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What is the smartest animal?
Apes 33%  33%  [ 6 ]
Elephants 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Cetaceans (Dolphins and Whales) 44%  44%  [ 8 ]
Manatees and Dugongs 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
Octopuses 17%  17%  [ 3 ]
Total votes : 18

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08 Dec 2008, 5:16 pm

It is very hard to measure intelligence in animals the same way it is hard to measure human intelligence. Animals are smart in different was but some animals are blatently smart. Even animals you wouldn't expect to be smart. You can look up the animals on this pole and see that they are actually EXTREMELY smart. Even octopus's are extremely smart and show human emotion. In your opinion which of the animals on this pole is the smartest. Also, If you think another animal not on this pole is the smartest, say so.


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08 Dec 2008, 5:38 pm

Crows are supposedly as intelligent as apes.



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08 Dec 2008, 5:41 pm

Well, humans are the third smartest species on Earth, while dolphins are the second smartest.


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08 Dec 2008, 5:45 pm

I'd say the smartest animal is the one that has thus far evaded discovery by man!

That would surely be very smart.

(One such animal whispers to another: "Don't let the humans know we are smarter than them... they will only try to exterminate us")


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08 Dec 2008, 6:05 pm

Apes.

Hands down.


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08 Dec 2008, 6:09 pm

I think that apes are the smartest. They're the most trainable.


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08 Dec 2008, 6:20 pm

CockneyRebel wrote:
I think that apes are the smartest. They're the most trainable.


I disagree. Cats are more intelligent, look at how well they train humans to be servants. Human feed me. Human stoke me now. Human stop stroking me now I've had enough. Human I am going out now and I will come back when I'm good and ready.

Besides, cats have that superior arrogant look and glare at humans like they are servants.


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08 Dec 2008, 6:20 pm

I think dolphins are the smartest. I suspect they are the most telepathic of all animals. Humans are probably the second most intelligent and elephants come in third.

I also love crows. Wolves are my favorite animal though.


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08 Dec 2008, 6:28 pm

Orwell wrote:
Well, humans are the third smartest species on Earth, while dolphins are the second smartest.
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08 Dec 2008, 7:00 pm

MartyMoose wrote:
Orwell wrote:
Well, humans are the third smartest species on Earth, while dolphins are the second smartest.
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You need to read more Douglas Adams.


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08 Dec 2008, 8:05 pm

Cats.

What other animal would choose to receive so much from humans, yet give so little, and without actually being a parasite?


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08 Dec 2008, 8:13 pm

I have always heard that dolphins were the smartest.


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08 Dec 2008, 8:16 pm

Those smarmy white mice.


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08 Dec 2008, 8:25 pm

Well, I'd say that humans have the potential for being the smartest animal. But I would have to go with birds... I just love 'em.



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08 Dec 2008, 8:46 pm

You all make good points. I thought I would try to find sources explaining the intelligence of the animals in my poll so you can see how intelligent.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/apegenius/ - APES

http://www.natureinstitute.org/pub/ic/ic5/elephant.htm -ELEPHANTS

http://www.highnorth.no/Library/Myths/br-be-an.htm - DOLPHINS AND WHALES

http://www.livescience.com/animals/0611 ... smart.html - MANATEES

http://www.slate.com/id/2192211/ - OCTOPUS


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08 Dec 2008, 9:01 pm

Of course, depending on what you mean by "smartest", if the criterion is measured in any of the following ways:

  • Most numerous.
  • Most habitats.
  • Most variants.
  • Largest percentage of the mass of the Earth.
  • Fastest evolving.
  • Longest period of existence.
  • Longest lived.
  • Fastest to reproduce.
  • Most adaptable.
  • Etc.
... the the answer is "bacteria".


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