Study Shows Yawning is Contagious Among Animals Too

The wolf on the right yawned during a resting period. A few seconds later, the wolf on the left yawned contagiously. (PHOTO CREDIT: Teresa Romero)
The wolf on the right yawned during a resting period. A few seconds later, the wolf on the left yawned contagiously. (PHOTO CREDIT: Teresa Romero)

Studies suggest that our ability to yawn — and that of chimps, dogs and even baboons — relates to our ability to show empathy. Now, a new study on wolves suggests that it’s more common in animals than we thought.

When humans and other primates (like monkeys) are around someone they are close with, they might exhibit a contagious yawn. Dogs yawn, too, but not because of other dogs — because of their masters, actually.

Researchers from the University of Tokyo looked at whether dogs were the only non-primate species that could yawn contagiously. They studied wolves because wolves are the closest living relative of dogs, and are social and cooperative just like dogs are.

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SOURCE: NY Daily News
Meredith Engel

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