Just like humans, monkeys can gauge how difficult a situation is. In a ground-breaking study, Macaques trained to play video games choose to skip by difficult levels when given the option.
We also have the unsolved mystery of suicidal whales; a lonely Wolverine, perhaps the only one of his species in California after a long trek; a sea turtle hospital; color-changing owls; deceptively adorable invasive species; and more in The Week in Animal News.
Inside the Minds of Monkeys and Sheep
Our non-human animal cousins are far more like us intellectually and emotionally than we give them credit for:
Old-world monkeys are apparently aware of their own thinking, what they know and what they don't know; and studies on Welsh sheep carried out by scientist at the University of Cambridge have found them to "have the brainpower equal to rodents, monkeys and, in some tests, even humans."
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