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Animals, Research

Animal intelligence and self-awareness

From a New Scientist article published 15 December 2015 (emphasis mine):

Alex, the African grey [parrot] trained and studied by Irene Pepperberg at Harvard University, learned 100 words and even made up some of his own, including “ban-erry” – he already knew banana and cherry, and seemed to reason that an apple was somewhere between the two.

Alex was also the first non-human to ask a question about himself, enquiring about his colour, which suggests an appreciable level of self-awareness.

Of course, there are many other examples of animal intelligence and possible self awareness, but I think this example certainly proves both in the same animal!



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