While Solving Puzzles Otters Learn From Their Friends

While Solving Puzzles Otters Learn From Their Friends

The hand puzzle (or paws, as it were) was made into transparent containers by biting with flavored meatballs inside. This tool is snacks for powered jugglers, twists, and pulls the ids and handles to free the kids from play and can be opened.  Researchers have discovered that before moving on to their second puzzle, Otters solved those 69 percent faster than on their first attempt. This search demonstrates their skills for long-term memory, considering meatballs to be the most effective way to lift.  The otters were tested using the same puzzle a few months apart to see if there was a difference in their performance a second time.

A new study published in the Royal Society’s Open Science Journal reveals that short-claw otters bring some help from their friends when it comes to the puzzle. The study, led by researchers at the UK University of Exeter, challenges Otter to a job that, when completed, will reward them with food. The discoveries reveal new insights into long-term memory and social learning in these animals, as well as provide some annually pleasing footage of them capturing things with their adorable hand claws. They found that the Otters could think of a solution if given the same challenge a few months later, and they were able to learn from successful friends.

The researchers first tested it by establishing a relationship between the otters (unfortunately there are no orangutan friends shown in the study) and found out that most of them spent time together. This means that they can observe how their friends have adopted problem-solving strategies and how they have been able to solve problem-solving strategies in groups. Otters’ performances also showed evidence of “social learning.” When an oatmeal puzzle explodes, close friends find it out very quickly. Being able to catch new prey in new ways and imparting that knowledge can be important in conservation.

“Asian short-claw otters are declining in the wild, with some overfishing and pollution affecting crustaceans and their feeding small fish,” said Alex Saliveros, lead author of the Cornwall Center for Ecology and Conservation, in a statement. “Our study is the first to show evidence of social studies and long-term recollection in Asian short nails – which could be good news for their adaptability and future survival.”