Tonight at a Christmas party we were talking about the 3 smartest animals in the world. The completely unofficial and uninebreated guesses we came up with were: 1. Dolphins. 2. Some special species of parrot. 3. The pot-bellied pig.
Of course, most of the people having this conversation were native Arkansans (pronounced – Are Can Zans) so the inclusion of the pig shouldn’t surprise us. Which led to a conversation of how incredible the sense of smell of the pig has – digging up mushrooms. So why aren’t we using drug pigs instead of drug dogs? I guess most people don’t fear a pot-bellied pig ripping their esophagus out during a drug search like they do a German Shepherd.
An unconfirmed story surfaced about dolphins “herding” a bunch of human swimmers together off the coast of Florida. The swimmers claim that they saw a shark swim by and that the dolphins were herding them together and swimming around them to protect the humans from shark attacks.
I guess all those years of Flipper weren’t a total waste.
So if they are the most intelligent and easy to train, why aren’t we training them to be border patrol? Or lifeguards at the beach? I realize a drug sniffing dolphin would intimadate noone and be hard to transport to high schools and international airports.