Animals are smarter than you think

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Im aktuellen National Geographic haben sie ein hochinteressantes Main-Feature über die Intelligenz von Tieren und wie ausgeprägt die Selbstwahrnehmung ist. Wenn ich darin lese, dass ein Papagei alleine durch den Anblick eines Baums draußen vorm Fenster eine Ahnung von Freiheit bekommt und ein eigenes Wort für Apfel erfindet, dann ist das für mich zwar nichts wirklich neues - Orca, unser letzter Hund und leider vor anderthalb Jahren gestorben, hat mich tatsächlich immer verarscht. Mit Absicht. Echt jetz. -, es ist aber schön zu lesen, dass dieses Bauchgefühl wissenschaftlich belegt werden kann.

"Wanna go tree," Alex said in a tiny voice.

Alex had lived his entire life in captivity, but he knew that beyond the lab's door, there was a hallway and a tall window framing a leafy elm tree. He liked to see the tree, so Pepperberg put her hand out for him to climb aboard. She walked him down the hall into the tree's green light.

"Good boy! Good birdie," Alex said, bobbing on her hand.

"Yes, you're a good boy. You're a good birdie." And she kissed his feathered head.

He was a good birdie until the end, and Pepperberg was happy to report that when he died he had finally mastered "seven."

Many of Alex's cognitive skills, such as his ability to understand the concepts of same and different, are generally ascribed only to higher mammals, particularly primates. But parrots, like great apes (and humans), live a long time in complex societies. And like primates, these birds must keep track of the dynamics of changing relationships and environments.

Wenn man sich das so durchliest, wird einem beim Gedanken an Cheeseburger und Steaks irgendwie schlecht.

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