Do any other animals cry, apart from humans?

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Pia Asa

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Do any other animals cry, apart from humans?
« on: 23/06/2008 13:44:45 »
Pia Asa asked the Naked Scientists:

My 6 year old daughter and I were wondering whether any other animals cry tears or are humans the only ones?  If there are other animals that cry do they cry for the same reasons as us?  

Thanks, Pia.

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Do any other animals cry, apart from humans?
« Reply #1 on: 24/06/2008 21:11:56 »
It seems not, this may not be a subject that attracts a great deal of scientific attention though I'd have thought some research into the higher primates would have thrown up something. You could try:

www.wisegeek.com/do-animals-cry.htm

and then do a bit of googling - good luck.
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« Reply #2 on: 03/07/2008 12:55:02 »
Dogs cry! They dont cry tears though just get sad and howl type of cry if they do something wrong or if you lock them in the yard.

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« Reply #3 on: 03/07/2008 15:03:32 »
Yes, my 2 cats cry tears and make sad noises but it sounds a bit like a small child crying and it always concerns me.
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Do any other animals cry, apart from humans?
« Reply #4 on: 03/07/2008 23:49:27 »
I'm a bit hesitant about this one, but I'm sure I've read about at least one animal that does appear to shed tears when unhappy - trouble is, I can't remember which animal it was.
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Do any other animals cry, apart from humans?
« Reply #5 on: 04/07/2008 23:05:57 »
I would guess that the two out of ten cats that did not get fed whiskers would have been upset enough to cry.