Animal intelligence is respected and even worshiped in primitive cultures with thier stories probably being the first stories humankind ever told each other about as myth and legend. Using animals - and thus what the animals must have represented in a cultures mythology - can be traced to the 10,00 year old Gobekli Tepe, to Ancient Egyptian Culture and further back in time through shamanism and from shamanism to the rest of the world. That's how important - and embedded - animal symbolism has been in human cultures. This post illustrates why.
Hornet Intelligence: Here is a quick proof I made, while I was playing around with animals on my porch, of a hornet accepting help from me to get off being trapped on my porch .
In my first attempt I damaged one leg and it wasn't able to fly very far. On my second attempt the video was very shaky. My third attempt was perfect. On an untaped fourth attempt I tried to push the hornet as I was getting impatient and bent the poor things body. So don't push the little critters. Now there is a hole in the net where they can escape which I'll probably patch up if a raccoon starts breaking in again.
Later the same hornet (I'm guessing, given how passive it was) moved in next to where I sat on the porch and I taped that too.
Not knowing what to do and not seeing any harm from the two visitors building nests I did nothing. Then mosquito season came and I started using mosquito repellent smoke and candles. That chased them away. So that's how you chase away hornets without hurting them (if you don't want to hurt them).
Important note: If you try this you should know it can take up to 3 days for the hornet to calm down enough to listen (or feel your intent or interest in setting them free - don't know which). I just let the thing roam around my porch and left it alone. He (or she) mostly stayed near the net so I was able to spend time observing it without fear of being attacked.
Other notable animal experiences worth researching:
I once noticed a chamaleon on a vine outside my window on the second floor of an old house and just thinking "wow" "amazing" and intending to watch the chameleon hide itself... it came down from the vine onto the ledge, right-up to the window and started staring at me. If there wasn't a screen between us I might have run away.
Yet, another interesting animal thing I noticed had to do with the birds. I feed the birds in my area and a couple of years ago there was this family of Cardinals and a Blue Jay or two who were frequent visitors (as well as a small flock of sparrows). Once the Blue Jay was getting greedy and chasing the sparrows away (despite there being enough room and seed for everyone) and one Cardinal (with a female and another male in the trees watching) came down and challenged the much larger Blue Jay till it left the Sparrows alone. Later I noticed a Cardinal and Blue Jay sitting on two separate tree limbs about 2 feet from each other on a rainy day. All is good now? In any case, I recently noticed that a Blue Jay scared some Sparrows away so I spread the seed around a bit more. The Blue Jay then went to a corner and gave alot of space to the Sparrows. Same Blue Jay or a sign of culture? It's hard to say since I can't track them with devices. But I do sometimes wonder how birds might have evolved had they had the ability to develop a full spoken language with tool making ability having opposable thumbs would have given them.
Note: This post is a "part two" (followup) to my first post on this observation here.
Video Proofs Of Animal Intelligence;