This morning the March issue of the National Geographic came through the letter box. The caption for the leading article is:
"Minds of their own. Animals are smarter than you think." Betsy like Belle has meaningful eyes. The opening words on the article on her are:"How much thought goes on behind those eyes?"
The answer is: "A lot, in this case." The article goes on to say:"Six-year-old Betsy can put names to objects faster than a great ape and her vocabulary is at 340 words and counting. Her smarts showed up early: at ten weeks she would sit on command and was soon picking up on names of items and rushing to retrieve them (ball, rope, paper, box, keys and dozens more). She now knows at least 15 people by name and in photographic tests she is proved skilled at linking photographs with the objects they represent. Her owners say they are learning her language and Betsy is learning theirs".
Belle is equally clever. She has a wide vocabulary as well and has the added asset of being bi-lingual. She understands English and French equally well. I think that's pretty smart too.