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See video Intelligent crows crack open nuts using traffic

Crows crack open nuts by dropping them in front of cars, then wait for the traffic light to turn green before picking it up.

0:00 52 5.50
See video Joshua Klein: The amazing intelligence of crows (TEDTalks)

Crows are so successful at survival because of their high intelligence and ability to learn from each other. Hacker/writer Joshua Klein explores whether crows could be trained to pick up garbage or other useful tasks.

9:47 158 5.41
See video Sequential tool use by New Caledonian crows

This Oxford University experiment shows that New Caledonian crows are even more intelligent than previously thought. In the video a crow is shown using three tools in the right sequence to achieve an objective, without prior training.

1:01 102 4.95
See video Coconut shelter: evidence of tool use by octopuses

Octopuses are probably the most intelligent of all invertebrates. This video shows an octopus using a coconut as a tool by taking it along for use as shelter and protection against predators.

1:24 128 4.92
See video Intelligent crow bends wire to get food out of jar

A crow bends a metal wire to create a hook which can scoop food out of a jar.

0:40 79 4.88
See video Bonobos that write, start fires and play Pac-Man (TEDTalks)

Bonobos can walk upright, understand spoken language, write and develop stone tools. Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobos forces us to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology and how much by cultural exposure.

19:25 68 4.76
See video Intelligent crows - tool use (BBC)

David Attenborough looks at crows' creative use of tools in their hunt for grubs. Embedding disabled - watch the video on YouTube

4:11 60 4.71
See video Fishing crow using bread as bait

An intelligent hooded crow uses bread to lure and catch fish (cichlids).

0:45 31 4.44
See video Koko the Gorilla using Sign Language

The story of Koko the Gorilla, who is able to understand more than 1000 signs based on American Sign Language.

21:53 113 4.20
See video Elephant Paints Self Portrait

Elephants can paint - this video is proof of that. However, according to naturalist Desmond Morris, it is actually the elephant trainer that provides the directions. The trainer tugs at the elephant's ears to move the paint brush in different directions.

8:29 4869 4.12
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