Study shows black bears able to "count"

(Phys.org) -- Most people who have worked with black bears tend to believe the animals are pretty smart compared to say dogs or cats; others who have seen them in action, e.g. riding a unicycle in a circus, tend to agree. But, oddly enough, very little actual research has been done to find out just where black bears sit on the animal kingdom’s brainiac scale. Now a pair of researchers in the US has decided to change that by testing some captive black bears to see how they measure up against other animals in discerning the difference in the numbers of things. They have written a paper describing their findings and have had it published in the journal Animal Behavior.

Study shows black bears able to "count"

(Phys.org) -- Most people who have worked with black bears tend to believe the animals are pretty smart compared to say dogs or cats; others who have seen them in action, e.g. riding a unicycle ...

Mon 18 Jun 12 from Phys.org

Black bears show counting skills

Black bears demonstrate they have counting abilities during touch-screen computer tests.

Sun 17 Jun 12 from BBC News

ScienceShot: These Bears Count

Ability matches that seen in monkeys

Fri 15 Jun 12 from Science Now

Black bears demonstrate they can count as well as primates - and they prove it by using computers

In a series of tests involving three captive bears, researchers found the animals are able to differentiate between the number of dots shown to them on a screen.

Mon 18 Jun 12 from Daily Mail

Bears can count

In news that bears repeating, scientists have shown that bears can differentiate between larger and smaller numbers of dots on a computer screen. That's right, bears can count and use computers, ...

Fri 15 Jun 12 from Dvice

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