Do Animals Laugh? Do Animals Have A Sense Of Humour?

Written by Vishal for Factober


August 16, 2020

Do Animals Laugh?

Do animals laugh? Do animals have good humor sense? Could they be sharing jokes?

It’s not possible they understand jokes like humans. But, there can be some other form of communication that may result in triggering laughter. Some animals have shown traits similar to laughing.

We can’t scale or proportionate their laughter with humans, but, they can be sharing similar traits. You might have seen them laughing in animations. Have you ever observed them laughing?

Of Course, Our Ancestors Had Fun Laughing!

The great apes — orangutans, chimps, bonobos and gorillas are observed to be laughing in response to the tickling.

Scientists have known that great apes vocalize when tickled at least since Charles Darwin’s time.

But it was unclear whether these sounds were actually related to human laughter. (Source: Wired)

Do Dogs Laugh?

Scholar Patricia Simonet, development and program coordinator for Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS), at Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe performed an experiment on dogs.

She observed that how dogs respond to animal laughter sounds.

Simonet’s team investigated the question by standing in parks with a parabolic microphone that allowed them to record the sounds that dogs made while playing from a distance.

When she played a recording of “play panting” through the speaker system at a shelter in Spokane Valley, all the barking dogs quieted within a minute.

Tickling Rats for Science

Jaak Panksepp performed many neuroscience experiments on animals.

He got different results for different inputs. Some of which were performed on rats shown varying emotions.

In one of the experiments, he placed cat hair close to them and reported the signs of fear.

He was an Estonian neuroscientist and psychobiologist who coined the term “affective neuroscience”, the name for the field that studies the neural mechanisms of emotion.

So, what do you think? Do animals laugh?

Please join the conversation in the comments section, and tell us, what do you think? Have you ever noticed them laughing?

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