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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wildlife Art -

Laugh­ter is one of those uni­ver­sal things few of us can mis­in­ter­pret – and we’re not the only an­i­mals to do it. Chim­panzees have a sense of hu­mour and gen­er­ally en­joy them­selves. They also laugh. There is no doubt these two young chimps from Bos­sou For­est in Guinea ( be­low) are laugh­ing: their body lan­guage is re­laxed, there’s no ten­sion around their faces and their mouths are open with the lower teeth ex­posed and up­per teeth cov­ered. Mean­while, this fe­male west­ern low­land go­rilla ( right) ap­pears to be in ec­stasy, rel­ish­ing the rush of but­ter­fly wings around her in a for­est clear­ing.

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