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Yawning Is Contagious In Wolves (just Like Humans) - Yahoo News

This type of contagious behavior could be a sign that wolves have the capacity for empathy, the researchers said. [ 5 Ways Your Emotions Influence Your World (and Vice Versa) ] Yawning is thought to be a social cue that communicates information, often in a group setting. Previous studies of chimpanzees have shown that the act is thought to be an indication of empathy . Domestic tapes dogs have also been known to yawn when they see humans yawn, at least in a scientific setting. In the study, Romero and her colleagues observed yawning among a pack of 12 wolves at Tama Zoological Park in Toyko over a period of five read months under relaxed conditions in which the animals showed no signs of stress. They recorded the time of each yawn, the wolf that initiated the yawn and the identities and positions of nearby wolves. The researchers found that yawns were contagious among wolves, and pack members who had strong bonds with the yawn instigator yawned more frequently. <br>Read more:

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