We humans like to consider ourselves the most intelligent animals on the planet. However, some would argue that we are only top of the ecological ladder, in theory, because of our fabulous opposable thumbs. Either way, there really does seem to be intelligent life out there, besides those of us who know how to operate a smartphone. Some of these animals on the list are no big news since most of us consider them to be intelligent already, however a few of them are quite surprising. There is a little extra information about the surprises to help explain their presence on the list.
1. Primates (Gorillas and Chimpanzees)
As a small bonus feature, here is a quick list of some of the dumbest animals on earth, just to offer a comparison. There are obviously conflicting opinions online, however these seem to make most of the lists – the Afghan Hound, worms, snails, chickens, domesticated turkeys, and goldfish. Compared to the animals on our intelligence list, a goldfish can only retain information for approximately three seconds. Even your boss can remember something longer than that.
So we may still be the only species on the planet walking around with Apple iPods and Android phones and Google tablets, however some of the animals on this list may be well on their way to developing their very own 4G devices. But in the meantime, it certainly sounds like we can teach some of them to use our gadgets! Or they could teach us!