Can Animals Talk?

Let’s Discover… 


An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.



—Martin Buber


Anyone can speak Troll. All you have to do is point and grunt.


—J.K. Rowling



Ants Create a Life Boat in the Amazon-BBC Wildlife

Watch the YouTube clip and ponder:

1) How did the ants survive the flood?

2) Did the ants communicate?

3) Did the ants use a language?




Prairie Dogs Communicating Danger- BBC Natural World

Watch the YouTube clip and ponder:

1) What does this scientist say about prairie dog communication?

2) How do prairie dogs communicate with their community about predators?

3) Do prairie dogs have a language?


Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog who Knows a Thousand Words

Watch the clip and ponder:

1) What makes Chaser special?

2) Are Chaser’s (and Alex’s) abilities a product of training or a product of language/cognition?

3) Why is it significant that chaser can infer which toy is new?

4) Is animal thought similar to human thought?

5) Do you think humans learn best through play?

Super Smart Dolphins Answer Questions-Extraordinary Animals-BBC

Watch the clip and ponder: 

1) What is echolocation?

2) Is echolocation a form of communication or a language?

3) Is this experiment a product of language or a product of training?


Koko’s Quest for a Baby

Watch the clip and ponder: 

1) What makes Koko the gorilla unique?

2) What is American Sign Language?

3) Can Koko “talk” with humans?

4) What is significant about the fact that Koko wants to care for a baby?