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Animals can't talk, but they can think, so lines that look like dialog appear in thought bubbles. Sometimes [[InnerMonologueConversation animals can communicate with each other and reply to each other's thought balloons]]. This means that either the thought balloons are effectively translations of AnimalTalk, or all animals are telepathic.

Related to SpeechImpairedAnimal, NearlyNormalAnimal and AnimalTalk.

This is a comic trope -- the film equivalent would be to sub-title an animal.

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Examples:

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/ScoobyDoo does this throughout his comic book career from the earliest period (Dec. 1969) up to around the time Marvel assumed the Hanna-Barbera line. At that point he was given regular word balloons with the speech impediment prevalent on his TV series.
* Snowie from ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Snoopy and Woodstock from ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''.
* The animals from ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', apart from [[TheSpeechless Odie]].
* The animal cast of ''ComicStrip/FootrotFlats''.
* Boot and other dogs from ''ComicStrip/ThePerishers'', but not the crabs or insects.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Marvin}}'', this is how babies and animals communicate.
* Animals in ''ComicStrip/MotherGooseAndGrimm'' use thought bubbles sometimes and SpeechBubbles other times.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Played with in ''Stanley Bagshaw and the Short-Sighted Football Trainer'':
-->'''Grandma:''' (''thinks'') He's a boy of simple pleasures.\\
'''Cat:''' (''thinks'') Yes, that's just what I thought.\\
'''Cat:''' (''thinks'') Stone me: I'm a mind-reading cat!
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Used in ''Webcomic/TwoLumps''. In fact, in [[http://www.twolumps.net/d/20050516.html this example]], thought bubbles are used for conversation, while internal monologue is handled by {{Thought Caption}}s.
* Zane the cat in ''Webcomic/{{Kurami}}'' communicates like this. The titular infant can understand him; it's unclear whether Ana and Bree can as well.
* Used by fish in ''Webcomic/AmazingSuperpowers'' [[http://www.amazingsuperpowers.com/2011/10/return-of-the-fish-2/ here]].
* ''Tally-Ho!'' implies (and has corroboration from WordOfGod) that the animals do make sounds when they communicate, but the fox claims that a phone wouldn't transmit "dog thoughts." [[RuleOfFunny It does anyway.]]
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