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Animal Einsteins

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This little bird is a Clark's nutcracker.  In the fall, his whole life was dedicated to hiding away his winter rations in thousands of caches of just a few seeds each.  The nutcracker can store 100 pine seeds in a pouch at the back of his throat and then use his long beak to drill them into the ground.  100,000 seeds spread out in secret stashes of 3-5 over a 15 mile area.  He'd have to be a genius to remember where he put them all.  It turns out though the Clark's nutcracker's spatial memory is very special.  He takes a mental snap shot of each place he stored his winter supplies and using each tree, overhang and pointy rock as landmarks, he triangulates the position of every cache, with an astonishing 90% accuracy.

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In the battle for survival, brawn isn't always enough to keep you alive. Animals have learned to use their brains to solve the eternal problems of getting food, finding shelter and protecting family. From whales that create bubble walls to catch their fish, to dolphins that work with humans to catch their dinner, to prairie dogs that speak their own language. These brainiacs will have you cowering behind the sofa as they flaunt their intelligence and apply logic to fulfill instinctual needs.

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