Are lions the most intelligent cat?

Are lions the most intelligent cat?

“So…here looks good.” Natalia has designed a puzzle for the cats
to solve. A lion must work out how to open a door, then
reach her head inside to get a reward. “Good.” There’s nothing like this in nature, so to
Jenny the Lion it’s a Rubix cube. “And if the lions come you just pop it back
down.” “Jenny! Here, look here!” First, she must figure out how to pull the
door with her paw. “Clever!” “Oh, you’re so clever.” [Laughter] “You’re so clever my sweetie. Oh, but it slams, eh!?” “I think she’s more interested in the box
now than the food.” Next, she needs to learn to stand back and
allow the door to swing open. “Get your head out of the way. Get your head out of the way!” [Laughter] Before finally, she can reach her
head inside. “That’s not bad, I mean that’s–” “No, that’s
good.” “Clever.” “One more time?” “Yes.” “Two more times?” “I think a couple more times.” “A couple more times.” “There see? She got it.” It’s taken Jenny 20 minutes to figure it out,
but now she’s cracked it. “There we go.” “She’s getting her head out of the way now.” “There we go, one more time. Ok, cool.” “Yeah, there you go! Well done.” “That deserves a round of applause.” Next, comes the crucial part of the test. Kevin has brought the lions into an enclosure
to allow pride-mate Libby to watch Jenny’s efforts. The ability to learn by watching others is
considered a real sign of intelligence. It would put lions in the company of the brightest
minds in the natural world. “Good! Yeah, you slam that door. That’s it; stay open. Good girl.” “Oh, there she goes.” “She can see what she’s doing.” “Yeah I think she’s got it and it’s time to
let Libby out.” If lions can learn from each other, Libby
should solve the puzzle in seconds. If not, it’s going to take her another 20
minutes. “Well, she goes to the right side..” [Laughter] “There, I think – I don’t think
you can get any clearer than that. That was amazing!” “Here, here, here.” “Good job Libby!”

28 thoughts on “Are lions the most intelligent cat?

  1. So, for an animal to be considered "smart", they have to solve manmade puzzles? Domesticated cats have been raiding cabinets for as long as I've been living, and I'm certain, long before my existence . I think another creature's ability to cope with our species is indicative enough to aptly demonstrate their intellectual prowess. 🦁❤

  2. And u claim them most intelligent cat by let them open a door frequently? Any animal can do. Everyone learn from their experience

  3. You can’t compare house cats to wild cats. Wild cats don’t have to deal with man made structures as often as house cats do.

  4. All my cats are, and have been, highly intelligent. They figured out how to turn me into an unpaid servant decades ago…

  5. First the Science American intelligent test and now this one a more complex test. Not surprising in the wild lions use very complex hunting tactics.

  6. Here are many examples of the lion's superior intelligence

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