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Scientists Tickle Animals to Find Laughter Clues

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Thought it was just humans that are ticklish? Think again - scientists are studying how animals respond to being tickled in a bid to shed light on how laughter evolved.

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Danuta W (1248)
Friday December 30, 2011, 2:05 am

R. G (12)
Friday December 30, 2011, 3:50 am
Is a study on how laughing evolved really necessary.....cant we just be happy we are able to laugh. I'm sure the animals line up for this study, not ot mention the money being wasted on such a study.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 30, 2011, 6:25 am
A positive story - cute pics. Maybe they want to learn why we don't laugh more.

Danielle I (40)
Friday December 30, 2011, 6:48 am
What a gorgeous photo. I'm not sure about the study factor either, but interesting to know how many species enjoy being tickled :)

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Friday December 30, 2011, 8:27 am
adorable!!!!!!!!! sweet!!!!!!!!!!!! bellissimo. ciao

Shelli S (374)
Friday December 30, 2011, 8:42 am
This says to me, what I have known since I was a child, that animals feel touch, the same way humans feel touch!. Noted.

irene davis (74)
Friday December 30, 2011, 8:50 am
He's a keeper not a scientist.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 5:35 am
At last. Some animal research we can all get behind.

Tomoko Harris (83)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 8:59 am
I read some about laughter, is supposed to be reaction to letting off tension. Think of jokes.

Joe Shults (37)
Saturday December 31, 2011, 5:27 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Stelizan L (258)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 2:33 am
I still maintain members of the animal kingdom have a much higher sense of everything than any human can understand? Yes, could the money not have been 'better spent'? Very thankful that it's a kind of study where the animals are not abused!

Diane Nelson-Steiner (10)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 2:33 am
What a fun job that would be. "animal tickling specialist".

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 3:03 am
This is a job I would like to do!

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 8:40 am
Again, this is akin to playing with the animals and requires zero pain!

Sue Matheson (79)
Sunday January 1, 2012, 12:59 pm
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