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Captive hyenas outfox wild relatives

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:18 PM

Testing animals' ability to solve new problems has been historically conducted on animals in captivity. Only recently has a shift been made to run these tests on animals in their natural habitat. In a study appearing in Animal Behaviour, however, researchers at Michigan State University found vast differences in the problem solving skills between captive and wild spotted hyenas.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:25 AM

Perhaps it's only speculation by my part, but it seems only natural that a living thing, which has its' lifestyle inhibited in any fashion, would become more intelligent to overcome the imposed limitations.

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