Why Only The Most Intelligent Mammals Make Friends

Humans aren't the only mammals to make friends — elephants, horses, whales and plenty more form strong social bonds that aren't connected to reproduction — but it's only the smartest that do. Why is that?

In fact, mammals form alliances to help other, to ensure safety — essentially to make life easier — and it requires intelligence to realise that's a smart thing to do. But, as this video explains, whether you're a human or a horse, it takes a lot of brainpower to support a complex social group — and that puts a natural limit on just how many friends we can have. [New Scientist]

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