I mean, seriously, you can't just give a species of animal intelligence. You can't just give them fine motor skills, an inventive frame of mind that is species inherent, or a language center of the brain. These are things that are extremely rare in the animal kingdom. We killed off the other species that may have had it.
So how are humans not special?
Outside our minds we are weak
I think you are vastly underestimating the power of brains over brawn.
These are the things you can do with thinking:
Ennumerate stuff, like how your food is stronger and faster than you are.
Figure out how to get around that.
Make a trap to trap your stronger, faster food.
Here's what you can do with strength: