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From: Barrunka (
Subject: I like animals.
Date: April 1, 2005 at 5:28 am PST

I have no doubt that this is true. The squirrels in my yard "play" and squeal and chirp when they chase one another around. It is obvious that they are having fun. There is not much difference in the root psychology between humans and other furry animals.
It’s no joke: Even animals ‘laugh’

Expert says dogs pant and rats chirp to express mirth
By Robert Roy Britt
Updated: 5:01 p.m. ET March 31, 2005

Studies by various groups suggest monkeys, dogs and even rats love a good laugh. When chimps play and chase each other, they pant in a manner that is strikingly like human laughter, Panksepp writes in Friday's issue of the journal Science. Dogs have a similar response. Rats chirp while they play, again in a way that resembles our giggles.

Science has traditionally deemed animals incapable of joy and woe.

__* -- Stupid squirrels. Arf!

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