Scientists observed 12 wolves’ behaviour for 254 hours over 5 months & Have proofs that empathy among animals is a common trait
Even though the study involved a small number of wolves, researchers said the findings offer initial evidence that contagious yawning is linked to wolves’ capacity for empathy.
Perhaps empathy is present in more species than previously thought, said lead author Teresa Romero, a researcher from The University of Tokyo.
‘In wolves, as well as in primates and dogs, yawning is contagious between individuals, especially those that are close associates,’ she said.
‘These results suggest that contagious yawning is a common ancestral trait shared by other mammals and that such ability reveals an emotional connection between individuals.’
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