Many of us never have the privilege of getting to know a animal. Instead, we know them by their parts. As we search the stars for signs of life and continue to refine and improve on what artificial intelligence can do, it’s worth remembering how little we really know about the alien minds already around us in the natural world.
If you’re planning a whimsical animal burglary, you’ll definitely want a raccoon anchoring your squad. Raccoons were able to pick complex locks in fewer than 10 attempts, even after the locks were rearranged or flipped upside-down. Raccoons also boast an impeccable memory, able to recall solutions to tasks for up to three years. Raccoons are special in the way they’ve been affected by us. Lots of other wildlife lives in cities, and one of the reasons that raccoons have done so well is that they are able to eat anything. If you can eat pretty much whatever you find in a Dumpster, then you’re going to do okay. That’s why rats do so well. While rats have been around for a really long time, raccoons are relative newcomers. We want to know if their arrival in cities has changed their behavior. Source