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Do animals laugh?
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Why couldnt the pony talk? Because he was a little horse.

But seriously, we dont know how the brain makes us laugh. But we can say that there are two kinds of laughter.

Complex social laughter is the kind that requires a sense of humor to get it. The other kind of laughter is in response to physical stimulation like tickling.

There is little evidence for a sense of humor in animals because animals can't tell us what they're thinking. But its pretty clear that at least some animals are capable of the second kind of laughter.

Chimps often vocalize something close to human laughter when tickled or chased. Rats chirp during rough and tumble play and when tickled. And dogs pant in a special laughing way that gets other dogs to chill out and make them want to play.
 

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  • Prabhleen-Hor
    2/11/2015 - 02:11 p.m.

    The first thing I liked was a joke that said about the ponys.I never heard of animals laugh until now!I did't knew that rats and other animals laugh. Like dogs laughed pant in a special way that makes other dogs to chill and make them want to make.

  • LillyS-Hor
    2/11/2015 - 02:12 p.m.

    I know that animals could laugh because I have seen a video on a show that shows videos and they are so funny and sum times cute.

  • Isabelle-Hor
    2/11/2015 - 02:12 p.m.

    I didn't know that animals could laugh. Did you? Rats,chimps,and dogs and many more can laugh. I bet animal languge is pretty cool. I wish I was an animal. Do you? Animal is pretty cool, if I do say so myself.

  • Jessica-Hor
    2/11/2015 - 02:13 p.m.

    At firs i thot that animals could not lahfe because they could not talk but when i read the story it touht me that animals do laghfe you just can not hear them i wish i could but I can not

  • annabel1226-yyca
    5/04/2015 - 08:31 p.m.

    I think animals can not talk or laugh because there brains does not let them talk or laugh we could sometimes imagine or sometimes watch a talking dog that is not true. Animals could sometimes smile if they train. Little kids imagine stuffs that are not true like talking dog, animals, toys, and etc.

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