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Why are we ticklish?

Asked by Protagoras (135points) January 15th, 2008

As humans, why did this trait evolve? Are other animals ticklish? Does ticklishness serve any useful purpose to us as a species?

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brownlemur's avatar

I know that chimps are definitely ticklish (having been a zookeeper after college), but as to why? No idea. But I want to find out.

Zaku's avatar

For calling attention to scorpions crawling on unseen parts of our bodies.

And yes, animals are ticklish. Try tickling the toe-pads of a dog or cat, but be ready to yank your hand back before it gets chomped or scratched!

omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

My dog is ticklish. And I think I might be the most ticklish creature in the world.

Maldadpermanente's avatar

We usually feel extremely small.

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