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Kangaroos can communicate with humans in the same way as dogs, study finds

Kangaroos can communicate with humans in the same way as dogs, study finds

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Although Kangaroos have never been considered domestic pets, a recent study has found that the animal may be able to communicate with humans just as well as dogs do. 

Reuters reported that Kangaroos have the potential to communicate with the humans by using their gaze to point and ask for assistance. While conducting the research, out of the 11 non domesticated kangaroos living in captivity, ten intensely gazed at researchers when they were unable to open a box containing food. Nine looked at humans and at the container as a way of gesturing toward the object.

According Allan McElligott, an Irish researcher, the gestures and the gazing depicted deliberate forms of communication and requests of help. Wild species are not expected to behave as the subjects did and that is what surprised the researchers.

The findings challenge the notion that only domesticated animals such as dogs, horses or goats communicate with humans, and suggests many more animals could grasp how to convey meaning to human beings.

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