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George Willsons

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What is your favorite animal, and Why?

Some of you love an animal because of its look,or its character,etc?
Tell us you favorite animal,a wild life you specially associated with. You might have unique and moving stories with a dog, or cat,that penetrated your heart? Share with us those unforgettable stories. It is wonderful to hear mankind's bond with animals,it touches our heart. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Mar 19 2014: I would say crows are my favorite animals. They may not be the most intelligent animal but they are relatively very clever. I'm not really sure why I'm so drawn to them, to be perfectly honest, but I am.
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      Mar 19 2014: You might have discovered some characteristics of crows that others have not yet noticed.
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      Mar 20 2014: Recent research has found some crow species capable of not only tool use but also tool construction and meta-tool use. Crows are now considered to be among the world's most intelligent animals[ with an encephalization quotient approaching that of some apes. -Wikipedia.

      Intelligence is a human defined notion applicable for human use. It can not scale animals.
      • Mar 20 2014: Absolutely, the documentary "a Murder Of Crows" shows some examples of this. That show is part of what prompted me to start the conversation "Is intelligence an inevitable step in evolution? " a few weeks ago. There was an expiriment showing them solving two and three step problems, though not all crows are not quite that intelligent.
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          Mar 20 2014: We have very wrong notions about animals. Hyenas are considered evil, dirty creatures while they are very social and sensitive animals. There is absolutely noting royal about lions. Donkeys are more intelligent and obedient than dogs.

          I wonder how these animals rate us humans.
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          Mar 22 2014: I'm convinced that we understand "Intelligence" based on our superficial observations.

          Intelligence that we may presume can be found in wilderness is immensely more complicated than what we can observe and explain. Our human "measurements" and categories can not handle it.

          Often animals that we call "stupid" prove to be greater oriented in their environment than any human.
      • Mar 20 2014: We are actually one of the only houses on our street that don't have donkeys. They are used to protect livestock from predators like coyotes. Donkey s are very territorial and protective animals.

        Its strange sometimes the stereotypes that people hold of certain animals. Like some people think chimpanzees are cute animals, but they can be very visious and violent.
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        Mar 21 2014: If any of the animals on this planet could rate human, human will be the evilest.
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          Mar 22 2014: I'd say the most Senselessly, Needlessly and Brainlessly evil. Thank you, George.

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