I can not claim this idea as my own but am eager to continue this experiment: what is the most evolutionarily distant animal collaborator that one can pass a yawn to? I've had some success with domesticated cats, dogs, and birds; tried for a while with some turtles, but haven't managed it yet. Good project for the zoo. [Write Comment]
if I get by the zoo today which I'm hoping I will, I will try this out for you since I long ago developed the world changing skill of self induced yawning.
also, I ws wondering if holding up some sort of visual card might stimulate interest from certain caged species, kind of like a Rorschach test, but for animals and for a purely interest driven response. care to join me in this?
Cute idea. How about sending out an email encouraging people to try this. You could ask them to report their findings right here.
I have not yet tried with my cat, but since she is mimicking me a lot i think it should be possible.