Tag: Elephas maximus

Zoologists Observe Elephant's 'Aha!' Moment in Problem Solving Test [VIDEO]

The broad intelligence of elephants has been fairly well documented — with some elephants passing the “red smudge” (mirror self-recognition) test indicating self-awareness — but how extensive the pachyderms’ problem solving skills are, compared to apes, has been a matter of debate; despite their high intelligence, elephants have “failed to exhibit insightful problem solving in previous cognitive studies.” But a recent experiment involving three Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. has revealed at least one elephant successfully solving a problem to obtain food and experiencing that moment of intellectual breakthrough known as the ‘Aha!’ or ‘Eureka! moment.