sozobe wrote: Quote:
They’ll dig a hole, pretend to push an acorn in, and then cover it over, all the while keeping the prized seed hidden in their mouth. “Deceptive caching involves some pretty serious decision making,” Dr. Steele said. “It meets the criteria of tactical deception, which previously was thought to only occur in primates.”
I think they are jumping to conclusions. What they are calling "Tactical Deception" can more easily be explained by "I'm digging a hole, oops I'm being watched, better cover the hole and go somewhere else".
Don't get me wrong, squirrels are pretty smart, but I don't want to give them credit where it isn't due
They're enough trouble already without giving them a swelled head as well.