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Animals Using Tools

We’re not really all that, us humans. We think we’re completely unique, and sure, we’ve done a couple of fairly impressive things here and there. But there are other species out there who are on the Evolutionary Road too. So maybe they haven’t grasped an understanding of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity nor invented the Segway, but they’re sure giving it a go. Have a look at these clever little critters:

Chimpanzee

From ant catchers to nut crackers, our chimp cousins are ingenious. To attain these capabilities, it apparently requires great cognitive power. It may just look like a stick or a stone to you and I, but millions of years of evolution has gone into that. Crazy.

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Elephant 

These guys make look big and dumb, but they’re actually smart…and big. Check this one out: he’s painting. An elephant. He’s essentially painting a self-portrait. If that doesn’t impress you, you’re probably an pachydermophobic (you’re afraid of elephants).

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Dingo

The term “dingo” doesn’t sound smart, but don’t let that fool you. Check the video and watch this doggie use a table to get her food. You can see her look, think “how can I get up there?”, then boom, it all clicks. Bob’s your uncle.

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Dolphin

Everyone knows these mammals are smart, they’ve got that whole sonar thing going on. It’s off the wall. They use tools too. From putting sponge over their head to protect their noses when rooting through rocks, to using shells to catch fish. Dolphins have got it all.

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Honey Badger

If you haven’t seen the above video, you must check it out. These escape artists will not take no for an answer. Using all sorts of tools, their warden has a tough time keeping them in captivity. Also do not be deceived by the delightful name, they’re aggressive little monsters. Still, watch the video and it’s hard not to admire them.

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Sea Otter

They have the distinctive, chilled look, floating around on their back. Take a closer look and you realise they’re savvy. Using rocks to open clams, they do it all from the comfort of their belly. It’s all very bizarre and extremely cute.

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Crow

The crow is not only innovative with its use of tools, it’s quick to learn too. Their eyes are more forward-positioned than most other birds, which gives them a better depth perception, allowing complex movements like picking things with a stick and drinking out of fountain taps.

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Alligator

The picture above looks like a simple nest right? Wrong. There’s an alligator underneath it, just waiting for you. This trap has been known to work on birds who seek the safety of a nest, unbeknownst that an alligator is below. Hard to believe, it really is a terrible disguise.

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Octopus

Octopuses are really smart. One major distinction is that they can learn to learn. If you have four minutes, check out the video above, it’s truly remarkable if you ignore the overly dramatic music. They’ve even been known to understand different symbols. They look like aliens though.

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Orangutan

So we’re including another primate, which is kind of cheating because they’re obviously smart. But you have to see these guys working it. Watch the video above to see one of them having a go at some DIY. They’re so human! You’ll also get an always beneficial dose of David Attenborough.

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