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Old 7th September 2017, 05:31 PM
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THE GOFFIN’S COCKATOO, IT TURNS out, is no featherbrain. At the University of Vienna, researchers were astounded and delighted when a crackle of cockatoos fashioned hooks out of green pipe cleaners to extract a tantalizing piece of cashew from a clear tube. The crowning glory of this achievement? Many had likely never seen a hook before.

In a second test, they had to unbend their original pipe cleaner to push food out of a different tube. Several birds mastered one task or the other, and one was even able to solve both problems. Solutions, researcher Isabelle Laumer said in a release from the university, were highly individualized, and their success seemed to have no bearing on their prior experience with similar tasks.

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Old 8th September 2017, 07:42 PM
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Amazing! I was even more impressed by the bumblebees!
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Amazing! I was even more impressed by the bumblebees!
I had to check it out!

If you don't want to read the link:
Chittka’s team has shown that bumble bees can not only learn to pull a string to retrieve a reward, but they can also learn this trick from other bees, even though they have no experience with such a task in nature.

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