You might like to think your dog is clever because they can do tricks, but some animals seem to have an uncanny level of intelligence that even surprises their owners.
Pet owners from around the world have taken to Bored Panda to share their animals’ most amazing displays of cleverness, with some even managing to save lives.
One man’s life was saved after his cat saw him choking and jumped on his stomach so hard it dislodged the sweet that was stuck in his throat.
Other actions were a little more self-serving, such as a feline who learned to open the fridge and started breaking in to feed the dog.
Another woman ended up getting breakfast in bed every day when her dog started bringing her fruit in the morning from a large bag she’d bought at the farmers market.
People from around the world have revealed how their pets surprised them with their intelligence, including a cat who saved his owner’s life (file image)
Another individual claimed their pet dog opened a multi-pack of chocolate while they were away purposely placed a chocolate on each person’s bed to avoid getting in trouble.
I guess he thought if he shared the chocolate with us all we wouldn’t be mad,’ she explained.
Another tale told how crafty cats conspired together how to distract their owners in order to get food.
One person said: ‘We used to have two kittens. One day at the dinner table one of them stood up and put two paws on my dad’s lap. We all laughed at her obvious attempt at trying to steal food.
‘While our attention was focused on her, her sister jumped straight onto the table and stole a whole chicken drumstick. They both sprinted away and shared it nearby. We were all impressed.’
To the rescue! One man claimed he owed his life to his cat who jumped hard onto him as he was choking on a gobstopper
Kitty crack squad! Another individual recalled being impressed by two kittens working together to steal a whole chicken drumstick from their dining table
An owner was amazed by a cat who put a piece of bread on the floor and lay in wait for an hour for a mouse to come an nibble on it, despite seeming a bit foolish on other occasions
Sharing is caring! They’re meant to be enemies, but one cat has discovered how to open the fridge and likes to share the treats they find with the dog
The owner of a dog who had a history of idiotic behaviour was surprised to discover the animal had the ability to save their mother’s life.
He wrote: ‘She regularly fails all of those dog intelligence tests, she’s kind of neurotic and has a slightly deformed leg. She was once in a forest hiking with my mum and failed to notice a bear 10 yards away.’
During a hiking trip, his aunt and mother got lost in the mountains and his mother started suffering from heatstroke.
‘My dog, who normally just lays down uselessly when it’s too hot, lead them for six miles out of the forest where she’d never been before.’
The pair occasionally thought she was leading them the wrong way and tried to take a different route, but the dog would ‘start whining and sit where the right trail was’.
‘It took hours but my dog got everyone home safe and sound.’
Despite having a reputation for not being very bright, a dog led its lost owner and her sister out of the forest she’d never visited before
Turning on the charm! How could you be angry with a thieving pooch who leaves chocolate on your pillow to make sure it doesn’t get into trouble
An owner claimed their dog was able to understand plain English and use its skills to communicate with and rescue another canine
Who’s a clever boy? A bird pretend to be injured in order to receive sympathy when begging for scraps of food, leaving an onlooker amazed
Worker bees! Another individual was amazed to see a group of bees work together to save their companion from drowning
A smoker bonded with a crow by trading cigarette packets for small chunks of food
Breakfast in bed! A lucky owner recalled their dog bringing them fruits daily for two weeks after learning their morning routine