New research has suggested that hyenas are actually a lot more intelligent that was previously believed.
Depicted in Disney's "The Lion King" as dimwitted creatures, real-life hyenas are actually quite intelligent in a number of ways. Scientists studying hyena behavior have noted that the animals appear to be able to count how many are in a competing pack simply by listening to their calls. When faced with a simple food puzzle under a controlled testing environment hyenas have also shown remarkable skill and perseverance in solving it.
"Hyenas are in fact innovative and able to solve new technical problems," said Dr Sarah Benson-Amram. "Additionally, spotted hyenas are also quite adept at solving social problems, and have demonstrated cognitive abilities on par with those of some primates."
"Some of the hyenas tried just a few methods to open the puzzle box while others used many, including biting, flipping it over, digging underneath it and pushing it around."
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