Season 18, Episode 6 Inside the Animal Mind: Are Animals Intelligent?

First Aired: January 4, 2000

“Inside the Animal Mind,” a three-part probe of animal intelligence and emotion, begins by pondering the question “Are Animals Intelligent?” The hour is full of examples of rats, elephants and birds using their “mental maps.” Also: a dolphin is seen following a command in a way that clearly indicates it understood the command. Meanwhile, an orangutan washes clothes immediately after it sees a person doing the same thing. “Is this just aping,” asks narrator Steve Kroft, “or does this animal understand what it is doing?”

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  • Premiered: October 10, 1982
  • Rating: TV-G
  • Premise: PBS's signature (and multi-award-winning) natural-history series uses gifted wildlife documentarians and stunning photography to reveal what its first host, Donald Johanson, called `the magic and mystery of the fascinating natural world.' The series has ga… (more)

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