This ability to adapt and survive arises out of the Kea's social organisation and its propensity to play. Like coyotes, crows and humans, Keas are "open-programme" animals with an unusual ability to learn and to create new solutions to whatever problems they encounter. Exploring and manipulating the objects in their environment, Keas were selected primarily for individual rather than social learning. In essence keas were selected to play, since only through play could the requisite level of flexibility be achieved. Its boldness, destructiveness and curiosity are aspects of play, scientists say.
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