Originally posted by ReadyPower
Good for the gorillas. Hopefully they can spread their knowledge.. but of course once the traps stop working the poachers will find a new way to catch them... (why do they poach them anyway?)
Don't forget the post ap from awhile back on Fragile Earth about baboons raising stray puppies to be guard dogs for their family groups. They had somehow discovered having a family dog would give their clan advantages and protection from other clans so next thing you know, there's a bunch of monkey clans kidnapping feral dog pups and raising them to be guard dogs. I wonder if in the quote "the meek shall inherit the earth" the "meek" being referred to were one of the more intelligent animal species out there that we've been stepping all over all this time.
Originally posted by SkullAndBeats235
Humans getting dumber and apes schmarter? That reminds me of something
Originally posted by NuclearPaul
Next the gorillas will be re-setting them in different places and catching the poachers!
Wouldn't that be a laugh!
Originally posted by Iamschist
Wonderful topic, we went through a period in science when anthromorphism was considered a terrible thing, and imho we missed a great deal because of it. All nonhuman life is more intelligent than we in our arrogance give them credit for.
Way to go Gorilla's, makes me wonder what they must think of a species who do such things.
I agree about Octopus also very, very smart creatures, clever. My favorite sea creature!
For the thread
Originally posted by AGWskeptic
I read another story last year that said Dolphins may not be the smartest sea creatures, Octopus are proving to be very intelligent. They are able to solve complex puzzle boxes and retain the memory of how they finally got it open. They can be very playful and even develop crushes on aquarium workers.
One Octopus took an instant disliking to one intern and would squirt her when ever she came in the room. It never squirted anyone else and a year after she left she came by for a visit and the minute she walked in the room she was soaked.
We know so little about them, very interesting stuff.
Found the article, think you'll enjoy it. www.orionmagazine.org...
So what does it feel like to be an octopus? Philosopher Godfrey-Smith has given this a great deal of thought, especially when he meets octopuses and their relatives, giant cuttlefish, on dives in his native Australia. “They come forward and look at you. They reach out to touch you with their arms,” he said. “It’s remarkable how little is known about them . . . but I could see it turning out that we have to change the way we think of the nature of the mind itself to take into account minds with less of a centralized self.” “I think consciousness comes in different flavors,” agrees Mather. “Some may have consciousness in a way we may not be able to imagine.