*Black bears have demonstrated counting abilities, in a first for the species.
Three captive bears took a series of number-based tests on a touch-screen computer, research published in the journal Animal Behaviour showed.
They had to choose between two different-sized sets of dots and were rewarded with food for correct answers.
“People don’t generally understand them to be as intelligent as they probably are,” said Jennifer Vonk, the researcher who led the study.
Although bears have the largest relative brain size of any carnivore, their cognition is not well understood*
What next, painting penguins?