Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hey Boo-boo

The most fascinating fact in this fascinating report on Eastern Black Bear intelligence is:

[Yellow-yellow] now appears to have apprentices; campers have reported seeing other bears getting into their BearVaults.
While this speculation is not proven, it's very credible that bears learn from each other. They are very intelligent creatures. Yellow-yellow may not actually need to teach other bears. Upon seeing her succeed, the other bears learn that it's possible to open a bear canister, and that knowledge alone is a powerful goad to keep trying.

Nature is filled with highly adaptive species. We should never think we're the only ones who think.

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