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Animals Yawning

In animals, yawning can serve as a warning signal. For example, Charles Darwin, in his book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, mentioned that baboons yawn to threaten their enemies, possibly by displaying large canine teeth. Similarly, Siamese fighting fish yawn only when they see a conspecific (same species) or their own mirror-image, and their yawn often accompanies aggressive attack. Guinea pigs also yawn in a display of dominance or anger, displaying their impressive incisor teeth. This is often accompanied by teeth chattering, purring and scent marking.

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11 Aug 2012 09:12:00
A tiger yawns next to a piglet at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo, in Chonburi province, Thailand, June 7, 2016. (Photo by Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters)

A tiger yawns next to a piglet at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo, in Chonburi province, Thailand, June 7, 2016. (Photo by Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters)
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10 Jun 2016 13:36:00
Satarupa Chakraborty, 5, dressed as a Kumari, yawns while she is worshipped by a Hindu priest during the religious festival of Durga Puja in Agartala October 2, 2014. (Photo by Jayanta Dey/Reuters)

Satarupa Chakraborty, 5, dressed as a Kumari, yawns while she is worshipped by a Hindu priest during the religious festival of Durga Puja in Agartala October 2, 2014. (Photo by Jayanta Dey/Reuters)
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19 Oct 2014 12:19:00
A woman yawns as she sits outside a hospital on a cold winter morning in Srinagar January 3, 2019. (Photo by Danish Ismail/Reuters)

A woman yawns as she sits outside a hospital on a cold winter morning in Srinagar January 3, 2019. (Photo by Danish Ismail/Reuters)
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18 Jan 2019 00:03:00
A newly born Indian white tiger cub yawns in its enclosure at Liberec Zoo, Czech Republic, April 25, 2016. (Photo by David W. Cerny/Reuters)

A newly born Indian white tiger cub yawns in its enclosure at Liberec Zoo, Czech Republic, April 25, 2016. (Photo by David W. Cerny/Reuters)
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26 Apr 2016 11:54:00
A camel yawns as a tourist checks images on her camera following a ride on a camel safari alongside the Pacific Ocean on Lighthouse Beach, north of Sydney, December 4, 2014. For 25 years camel rides on this beach have given visitors to Australia's holiday coast a rare experience available only in a handful of locations in the country. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)

A camel yawns as a tourist checks images on her camera following a ride on a camel safari alongside the Pacific Ocean on Lighthouse Beach, north of Sydney, December 4, 2014. For 25 years camel rides on this beach have given visitors to Australia's holiday coast a rare experience available only in a handful of locations in the country. Australia's long history with the “ships of the desert” goes back to the 1800s when they were imported from Afghanistan and India for use as transportation across Australia's vast deserts before being released into the wild following their replacement by motorised transport. (Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters)
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06 Dec 2014 12:48:00
Female Siberian tiger Dasha yawns in the new enclosure at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, 30 March 2016. The new facility is three times larger than the old one and will be opened to the public on the same day. (Photo by Roland Weihrauch/EPA)

Female Siberian tiger Dasha yawns in the new enclosure at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, 30 March 2016. The new facility is three times larger than the old one and will be opened to the public on the same day. (Photo by Roland Weihrauch/EPA)
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03 Apr 2016 11:38:00
An elephant calf yawns as mahouts paint elephants ahead of celebrations for the water festival of Songkran in Ayutthaya, Thailand on April 11, 2019. (Photo by Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

An elephant calf yawns as mahouts paint elephants ahead of celebrations for the water festival of Songkran in Ayutthaya, Thailand on April 11, 2019. The annual elephant Songkran event is held to promote the tourism industry. Songkran Festival is held also to mark the Thai traditional New Year falling annually on 13 April, and it is celebrated with people splashing water and putting powder on each other faces as a symbolic sign of cleansing and washing away the sins from the past year. (Photo by Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)
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13 Apr 2019 00:05:00