• Question: hello josh, how do you think animals use their sound to communicate with others apart from their tribe, :-D.

    Asked by ashaunaa07 to Josh on 27 Jun 2013.
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      Josh Makepeace answered on 27 Jun 2013:

      Hi ashaunaa07 – thanks for the question 🙂

      That’s an interesting point – I guess that animals can communicate more effectively with animals in their own species or family. When it comes to other animals, I suppose there are normally very simple messages animals try and communicate – things like “stay away from my food” , “leave me alone!”, “feed me” or “I’m happy to see you!”. I guess there are particular types of noises that lots of animals make that, although are not exactly the same, have a similar kind of sound that means that other animals get the general idea of what they mean. So, for example, I think we can guess whether the noises a dog makes are because it’s happy or angry, even though we don’t speak dog!

      Hope this helps, great question !