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I saw this video on James Nicol's page of honey badgers escaping from their pens. The thing that caught my attention was the ones in a pit, like a house foundation, deliberately taking hold of a long object and tipping it against the wall, then climbing the object to get out. That's tool use.

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Date: 2014-04-28 09:58 am (UTC)
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If you see the whole documentary from which it's an extract, you also see further tool-using and construction (they look at all items in the enclosure to decide what best to use), advanced co-operative behaviour (I'm fairly certain a pair tag-team an ascent up metal poles with the second using the first's claw-gouges to gain purchase), high level strategic thinking and an attitude to risk which involves burrowing into lion enclosures to pick fights.

Basically they are the Nac Mac Feegle of the animal kingdom.

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