A Different Kind of Smart

Animals’ cognitive shortcomings are as revealing as their genius

By Susan Milius, 11:58 AM April 18, 2013

Zola the crow is about to face a test that has baffled animals from canaries to dogs.

She’s a wild New Caledonian crow, and for the first time, she’s seeing a tidbit of meat dangling on a long string tied to a stick. She perches on the stick, bends down, grabs the string with her beak and pulls. But the string is too long. The meat still hangs out of reach.

In similar tests, dogs, pigeons and many other species routinely falter. Some nibble at the string or keep tugging and dropping the sa...

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