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Numbers In The Wild: How Much Maths Can Animals Do?

Team StoryWeavers|April 08, 2020, 12:48 IST| 20

Did you know that back in the 1900s there was a horse who was known for his maths skills?

Clever Hans was a horse whose trainer taught him how to count and solve basic maths questions. The trainer used to show Hans a maths problem along with answer options. In response, Hans would tap his hooves to indicate the option with the correct answer. However, a few years later, scientists discovered that Hans didn’t actually know maths! He used to select the right answer by observing the face of his trainer. The trainer’s facial expressions gave Hans clues about which option was correct!

In nature though, some animals do have basic mathematical abilities. Many animals are able to differentiate between quantities, something that we all must have learned in kindergarten. But for animals, this basic skill turns out to be very important.

Let’s have a look at how much maths can different animals do and how it helps them!

In the real world, maths helps animals make decisions about food, competition, and predators. Maths can help animals survive and animals are able to apply maths without a number system!

Humans that way are super-lucky to be able to perform complex maths, don’t you think? How do you think maths helps you in your daily life? Do let us know in the comments below. 

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About the Author

Deepthi is an ambivert who is on a steady diet of good food, filter coffee, and self-improvement. Being an ardent reader, storytelling has been her first love and she enjoys exploring how to convey stories compellingly. Having studied psychology and experienced the learning and development field, Deepthi is driven to understand human behavior and to know what makes each of us unique. You are most likely to find her tucked into a cozy corner at a local cafe with a Kindle or a book in hand. If you find her there, stop by and say hello, she'd be eager to learn your story too. Until then, you can ping her at [email protected] for anything you may like to share.

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November 30, 2019

Without Maths time management is also not possible. It helps me daily in this way????????


December 3, 2019

Interesting facts

Dakshesh. M. Dhage

December 3, 2019

I travel by bus so maths helps me to calculate the sum of money I should pay??????

V .Divyaa dharsini

December 5, 2019

Fantastic message,I LIKE IT.

Praneet Choudhary

December 11, 2019

Point! Couldn’t agree less to these facts!

Vibha Kumar

December 13, 2019

I love math!


December 17, 2019

Humans and animals are same only difference between humans and animals is that animals have less knowledge than humans

Sadiya kounine

December 24, 2019

I like it


December 29, 2019

Interesting facts


December 31, 2019


Amogh Kottada

February 1, 2020

Nice,I liked it.????


March 11, 2020

This is so fascinating


March 14, 2020

Amazing animals?????


May 1, 2020

I also love maths

Priya Laxmi.j

May 24, 2020

Fantastic facts

Gaurya Naik

June 5, 2020


B. shawn Michael

June 22, 2020

Math helps me to calculate easier while shopping or going to a grocery shop.

Neeraja Rajendra Paranjpe

January 12, 2021

So cool ? ?


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