Can you catch a yawn off a wild animal?

Can you catch a yawn off a wild animal?



It’s well-known that yawning is contagious. Dogs will even respond to a yawning owner by producing a yawn of their own, thought to be an indication they are capable of cross-species empathy. But what about the other way round? What does it mean if you catch a yawn off a wild animal like a lion?

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A tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park, India. Photograph: Paul Goldstein/Exodus/REX

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A leopard resting its spots. Photograph: Paul Goldstein/Exodus/REX

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Polar bear in Spitsbergen, Norway. Photograph: Paul Goldstein/Exodus/REX

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Serval kitten in the Masai Mara, Kenya. Photograph: Paul Goldstein/Exodus/REX

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A seal making good use of its flipper. Photograph: Paul Goldstein/Exodus/REX

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A lioness in the Masai Mara, Kenya. Photograph: Paul Goldstein/Exodus/REX

This article was written by Henry Nicholls for the Guardian.

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