Many animals may be smarter than they get credit for, studies show

06/19/2013 | Guardian (London), The

Chickens can plan ahead and may have better spatial skills than young children; sheep can recognize colors and shapes; pigs and monkeys can use mirrors to find hidden food; and even flies can remember their destinations and get there despite distractions, according to a variety of studies from the past few decades. "Finding sophisticated learning and awareness in animals can alter the way people think about the species and may result in better welfare in the long run," said researcher Donald Broom.

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