Category: Behavior

Raven so smart that he “hacks” research experiment

The latest Planet of the Apes film is in theaters — and, as a fan of the series, I can’t wait to see it. But it’s not primate intelligence that’s in the news this week. It’s corvid intelligence. A study published in this month’s edition of the journal Science reveals that ravens parallel great apes… Read more »

Baby elephant chases birds in circles

Did you like yesterday’s video of an elephant pretending to be a rhino? Want more of these clever beasts? Too bad. Today’s playful pachyderm ins’t necessarily smart — just cute. Here’s a baby elephant chasing birds around in circles: I love it! I’m not sure where this video was taken. It sure doesn’t look like… Read more »

Elephant pretends to be a rhinoceros

Rhinoceros can be big, fast, and fierce. While they generally aren’t prone to unprovoked attacks, they’re formidable foes when protecting themselves — or other rhinos. So, what’s a herd of elephants to do when it surprises a cranky rhino? Why, put on a disguise, of course! In this short video shot in South Africa’s Kruger… Read more »

Tiny housecat charges full-grown lion

You might think that the average housecat would be afraid of its much larger (and more ferocious) cousin, the lion — but you’d be wrong. In this short video, Baggy the brave calico stands up to and charges Noey, a full-grown lioness: By the way, if you want to watch more videos of big cats,… Read more »

A sloth eating carrots

One reason I’ve decided to begin posting again at Animal Intelligence is that I’ve discovered a reliable source for new videos about animal behavior. Video-aggregator (one of my favorite sites) regularly features clips of animals doing amazing things. And doing normal things, just like this: Yes, it’s just a sloth eating carrots. There’s nothing… Read more »

Slow-motion owl in flight

Here’s a short, slow-motion clip of an owl in flight: Not so much about animal intelligence as it is about the beauty and grace of the animal kingdom.

Do lions and tigers like catnip?

I’ve always been fascinated by the similarities — and differences — between big animals and their domesticated counterparts. Take cats, for example. Do lions and tigers purr? (Answer: Sort of. Your neighborhood tabby purrs while inhaling and exhaling; big cats purr only when they breathe out.) And while I’ve been reading Animals in Translation, I’ve… Read more »

Turtle and Tortoise Intelligence

Perhaps it’s because I grew up watching and re-watching ET — who resembled an overgrown deshelled turtle — that I feel such an affinity for these little dudes. For cold-blooded reptiles, turtles and tortoises are adorable. To see one helping up a buddy, as in the following video, well that just amps up the cute… Read more »

Two-legged kittens

In the past, animals with birth defects and physical abnormalities didn’t stand a chance of survival. But modern medicine — and increased animal domestication — has given some of these critters a second leash on life. Here’s the story of Grace, the two-legged kitten. This local news story from April 2008 profiles Amazing Grace, a… Read more »

How Otter Pups Learn to Swim

Did you know that otters have to be taught to swim? These cute little critters aren’t born with an affinity for water. When they’re about a month old, their mother has to teach them to enter the water, to float, and then to swim. Here’s a video from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in which… Read more »