Are you wondering how can animal communicate with each other or humans? Of course, animals can communicate but it is not the same as a human’s way of communicating. How do they communicate then?
Body Language Animals can communicate without sounds. By using their body language, what they meant is already known by their “friends” or can be interpreted by humans. The examples are dogs will lower their body and stretch their front legs to give his or her owner a signal to play, gorillas will stick their tongue out when they get angry, fireflies will glow to attract mates, and cats rub the objects that they want to mark them.
When animals make a sound, then they are communicating. It can be from barking, hissing, or growling. It can mean that they are happy, sad, annoyed, angry, or in pain. It can also be the way they attract their mates.
The animal of skin-color changing often is seen, such as chameleon, octopus, and cuttlefish. They usually change their skin color triggered by temperature or their mood, especially for camouflage that can protect them when they feel danger is coming. They also change their color to attract their mates or just give the signal that the female is ready to mate.
Touching is also a way of communicating. It can be a sign of affection. Mammals usually initiate mating by rubbing, stroking, and grooming. It also can be the signal from the male to mount the female.
Can animal communicate by sign language? Do you know Koko the female gorilla? She can use sign language like a professional. Sign language is based on American Sign Language. It also can be the proof that animals can learn something that human does. So far, chimps and gorillas are the animals that are taught the human sign language. Sign language is also can be learned by the dog. You can just use the sign of sit, stay, eat now, or anything that you want to teach them. It is different from the sign language of humans, of course.
Many animals urinate on a certain spot to make their territories which mean that they are the owner of that area. Another example is when domestic cats put their forehead onto someone, it means that this someone already belongs to them.
So, can animal communicate? Definitely yes. They use certain movements or sounds to communicate with each other.