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6 animals that recycle in their everyday lives

March 6, 2013, 3:07 p.m.
recycling octopus

Photo: Nick Hobgood/Wikimedia Commons

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Octopi

Octopi are probably the smartest invertebrates on the planet, and nothing quite displays their cunning as much as their tool use. Several species, such as the veined octopus, have been seen building shelters out of discarded debris. These makeshift homes are built from anything found lying around, from cracked coconut shells, to abandoned sea shells, to glass jars and other containers thrown away as trash. It just goes to show that one creature's waste is another creature's treasure.