Do animals laugh?
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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. Although we need special machines to hear it, 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.

Critical thinking challenge: Why do we need special instruments to hear rats laugh?

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  • hs27Skye
    5/13/2014 - 01:02 p.m.

    I think that its going to be a long time before we figure out all the ways that animals laugh and show emotion simply because we don't understand there social norms and how they deal with different situations.

  • TaylorMas
    5/13/2014 - 01:38 p.m.

    I think that animals do laugh because they have emotions just like humans do. If you watch them they react to things that make them sad like putting their ears down or happy by wagging their tail.

  • Myam5312001
    5/13/2014 - 01:47 p.m.

    We need special instruments to hear rats laugh because when they make a sound u can barely hear it so when they try to laugh you really won't be able to hear it. That is whho you need special instraments to hear a rat laugh.

  • jessicap321750
    5/13/2014 - 02:19 p.m.

    woow i never new that . but how dose that guy know ? but i still did not get it with the dogs how they laugh when the play ? but now i know how animals laugh .

  • oshanellea
    5/13/2014 - 02:23 p.m.

    sometimes they do but you never really tell and they look so cute specially the baby monkeys and puppy's and fishes they are awesome

  • Cadence13
    5/13/2014 - 02:47 p.m.

    I think that animals laughing is very interesting because you never really think about stuff like that but it tells a lot bout how smart animals really are.

  • Zach1818
    5/13/2014 - 03:41 p.m.

    I don't think we can ever know if animals can laugh unless we have a special piece of technology. I don't think the animals can know what is really going on to actually laugh at something.

  • berr-berry
    5/13/2014 - 03:48 p.m.

    Animals laugh I think. I can hear hyenas laugh if that counts as anything... I really like the sound of laughter though! if a dog could laugh I would wonder what the sounds like!?

  • NataliBlueQ4
    5/13/2014 - 04:43 p.m.

    Animals laugh in different ways but they don't show it. they won't really think that things are funny because they don't know whats going on.

  • LukeBlackQ4
    5/13/2014 - 04:43 p.m.

    I've never noticed my dog panting in the 'laughing' ways it's weird some people notice things others don't, isn't that weird I think it is.

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