Do animals laugh?
If you’ve ever wondered about this, there’s now video evidence of one species that does. Foxes!
Twitter user mollyfprince recently uploaded a video depicting just that.
In the 53 second viral video, which has since been retweeted close to 160,000 times, the foxes can be seen laughing when a hand, believed to be the Twitter user’s, can be seen tickling the underbelly of the foxes.
The result? Laughter that has an uncanny resemblance to humans.
If you’ve never heard a fox laugh, you’re welcome!
— mollyfprince (@mollyfprince) June 29, 2020
Turns out, foxes are able to laugh as a result of being domesticated by humans for more than six decades.
The phenomenon, first observed by Russian researchers on silver foxes, appears to have spread to other fox species too.
Here’s a video of a laughing silver fox.
And here’s another of an arctic white fox.
Nature is truly wonderful (and funny)!
Cover image sourced from mollyfprince / Twitter.