Scientists have recorded the first known instance of a duck that has learned to mimic human speech. The duck in in Australia – called Ripper – said: “You bloody fool.”
Parrots, songbirds and hummingbirds were thought to be the only birds thought to be able to mimic human speech, though several mammals such as whales, dolphins, seals, bats and elephants can also imitate sounds. (Washington Post 22 September 2021)
My comment: Who was it that claimed that animals were dumber than humans? I bet, given encouragement, that most animals think we are all “fools”. It’s just that they haven’t yet invented their version of the gun. Give them time and they will get revenge on us, I’m sure of it.