Vox Pop : How Smart Are Animals? - 7/23/13

Peter Bellino teaches his dog to read the New Yorker.

 According to a recently released study,  dolphins call each other by name. Scottish scientists showed that Dolphins use unique whistles to identify individuals. From Science Daily.com comes recent news that scientists at  the University of Vienna have shown that an the Goffin Cockatoo has the ability to solve complex mechanical problems.  There was a study released last fall that showed Beluga whales can achieve human-like speech patterns. 

Just how smart are animals, anyway?  On this edition of Vox Pop,  Alan Chartock invites listeners to weigh in on that question, and share their own stories of animal aptitude.