Wolves are considered unusually intelligent animals because their packs seem to use complex communication and strategy. But a computer simulation reveals even the most complicated hunting pattern can be explained by two instinctual behaviors. This is bad news for animal intelligence.
Between this and the recent research suggesting most wolves are lazy freeloaders, it seems scientists are just piling on our lupine friends. First we discovered that all but four of the wolves in any pack don't actually contribute to the hunt, and now it turns out those four wolves who do work might just be following a pair of stupidly simple rules.