Are Yawns Infectious Amongst Other Species ?

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Are Yawns Infectious Amongst Other Species ?
« on: 28/08/2008 02:29:05 »
Dear Yawners and Yawnologists,

See Elspeth here ?


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Look at her there !..the little mistress !...so calm, collected, ready for a nap !

Notice the yawn ?

I know yawns are very infectious amongst humans and I think some of our Apey chums...but are there any other species which display the characteristic of infectious yawning ?

As a secondary question, has even reading this post made ewe yawn ?


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« Reply #1 on: 28/08/2008 15:10:42 »
yES IT HAS DEED MADE ME YAWN! TWO TIMES ALREADY , BUT AS FOR THE CATS SPREADING INFECTOUS YAWNS AMONGST THEMSELVES OR OTHERS.....I DON'T RIGHTLY KNOW.. BUT THAT LAZY GAL THERE HAS JUST MADE ME YAWN, TWO MORE TIMES.....LOL

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« Reply #2 on: 28/08/2008 18:30:33 »
It looks as though it's in freefall. [:0]

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« Reply #3 on: 28/08/2008 20:05:24 »
Mirrored body language is apparent in lots of animals, especially those in herds or in communities such as cats and rabbits. I guess if they can yawn that this would also be a mirrored action. Cats yawn and squint their eyes to show other cats that they are not a threat and will not fight. So your cute little moggy will join in a yawning orgy if she is with a bunch of cats that just want to be friends.
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« Reply #4 on: 28/08/2008 21:05:19 »
That's interesting because I've often seen our two chickens in exactly the same pose and had heard it's quite common - but what does it mean?

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« Reply #5 on: 28/08/2008 21:13:53 »
Knowing chickens, they are just resting between eggs. Sorry don't know that much about hens.
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« Reply #6 on: 28/08/2008 21:54:49 »
yES IT HAS DEED MADE ME YAWN! TWO TIMES ALREADY , BUT AS FOR THE CATS SPREADING INFECTOUS YAWNS AMONGST THEMSELVES OR OTHERS.....I DON'T RIGHTLY KNOW.. BUT THAT LAZY GAL THERE HAS JUST MADE ME YAWN, TWO MORE TIMES.....LOL

Thank ewe Karen...hopefully Elspeth sent you for a nice sleep too !
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« Reply #7 on: 28/08/2008 21:55:36 »
It looks as though it's in freefall. [:0]
Why yes...yes it does !!...I think she's just playing ' charades '
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« Reply #8 on: 28/08/2008 21:59:07 »
Mirrored body language is apparent in lots of animals, especially those in herds or in communities such as cats and rabbits. I guess if they can yawn that this would also be a mirrored action. Cats yawn and squint their eyes to show other cats that they are not a threat and will not fight. So your cute little moggy will join in a yawning orgy if she is with a bunch of cats that just want to be friends.


Thank Ewe Make It Lady

I admit to enjoying great eye squintiung sessions with my two cats !..that's great....I will prevail upon them , and if they will indulge me when the time is right.......a dose of yawny joy and see what happens !

I will of course report my findings..... [:)]

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« Reply #9 on: 28/08/2008 22:37:09 »
I have tried to talk cat before. It works well until you try to speak in high cat, which includes caterwauling. I tried it once and my cat cuffed me firmly around the head. Perhaps it is like listening to an Englishman trying to speak schoolboy French if you are french. I find they have the same reaction!
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« Reply #10 on: 29/08/2008 00:02:22 »
yES IT HAS DEED MADE ME YAWN! TWO TIMES ALREADY , BUT AS FOR THE CATS SPREADING INFECTOUS YAWNS AMONGST THEMSELVES OR OTHERS.....I DON'T RIGHTLY KNOW.. BUT THAT LAZY GAL THERE HAS JUST MADE ME YAWN, TWO MORE TIMES.....LOL

Thank ewe Karen...hopefully Elspeth sent you for a nice sleep too !

Yes thanks.. for the sleepy mode! It was nice!

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« Reply #11 on: 29/08/2008 14:33:27 »
Well it seems that yawning is catching across the species, wouldn't you know it? I just yawned myself, OMG what do you think this meanzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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« Reply #12 on: 29/08/2008 15:09:15 »
Well it seems that yawning is catching across the species, wouldn't you know it? I just yawned myself, OMG what do you think this meanzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
[;D]It means ewe've fallen asleep and your nose is resting on the ' Z ' key !!
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« Reply #13 on: 29/08/2008 15:15:22 »
LOL..LOL..OOH I think it must mean something more profound then that! LOL

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« Reply #14 on: 29/08/2008 16:55:52 »
If brains were made of dynamite, I wouldn't have enough to blow my nose.