You're so right, it would be a great question for the Mammologist. Another interesting tidbit, I think it's quite possible that hyena at the zoo is bi-lingual!<quoted text>You can't make that blanket an assumption. He might have thought it was funny, but the sound he was making would not have been an expression of mirth. He might have been requesting an encore. Did you tell him more jokes? Did he repeat his vocalization? But even that would not prove dispositive since he may have liked the first joke better than the second one. These matters are very complicated. You should ask the Mammologist.
It responded when I told the joke, but the vocalizations were even louder when the joke was told in German. I did tell a second joke, and it laughed louder when the joke was told in English.
I thought they were equally funny. The kicker is, I don't even speak German, I just pretended like I did!
Have a great weekend!:)