On “How Smart Are Animals?” we watched a border collie retrieve any toy by name from a group of a thousand.

Then the host, Niel deGrasse Tyson, gave the dog a trick question: “Find Darwin.” This was a new toy. The dog had never seen it before nor heard the name.  But, she went behind the couch, looked at a group and thought about Darwin long and hard. Couldn’t find it. Tyson called her back out, repeating, “Find Darwin.” She looked confused. Then she retrieved the new toy. She figured it couldn’t have been any of her old ones.

Later, we watched two dolphins create a new trick. They floated on their backs and wagged their tails, something the trainers had not taught them. And they did it in unison. Click here to watch the show.

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