Interspecies Friendship: An Elephant’s Best Friend

30 April 2010 · 2 comments

It’s been nearly two years since I posted something new at Animal Intelligence. One of my goals is to share that stuff here Foldedspace. I’ve done a pretty poor job of that, but I want to change that. I’ll try to make it a habit to share things as soon as I see them instead of putting them off.

Let’s start with the story Tarra and Bella, a dog and an elephant who are best friends:

For those who are new to my obsession with animal intelligence, I’ll summarize: I think animals are, on the whole, far more intelligent than we give them credit. I think they’re capable of a wide range of emotion, psychological, and, yes, intellectual activity. No, there are no dolphin cities (to quote Rush Limbaugh), but since when are cities a measure of intelligence? Anyone who believes that animals are only acting on instinct has never spent a lot of time with them.

Anyhow, one of my favorite aspects of animal intelligence is interspecies friendship. That is, stories like this one about Tarra and Bella, when two different kinds of animals work together or form close bonds. There are plenty of these stories to be found, and I think they’re great.

If you find a good story about animal intelligence, please send it my way. I promise to post it here in a timely manner instead of waiting to revive my animal intelligence blog…

1 Claudia Gates April 30, 2010 at 21:58

What a sweet story. Next to hearing stories that mention by daughter Kris, I like your animal tales. (tails?) He He Send more and as often as you can.

2 Blogeois May 18, 2010 at 11:51

Great story!

Cute Overload ran a recent story with youtube video about a guy who raised 5 year old gorilla before releasing it into the wild and then, looked for it in Gambia 5 years later. Discovery made! I don’t understand why people would assume animals don’t remember stuff. Makes sense to me.

http://cuteoverload.com/2010/05/16/a-for-gorilla-school/

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