Just like little humans, many animal species instinctively engage in playful activities! Why? The prevailing theory is that play is preparation – as young animals play with each other and their environments, they naturally develop skills and instincts needed for survival. However, it goes beyond that. Many scientists have also observed that animals often play just for the joy of it! This is true for human children too; play serves as a dynamic mix of life training, happiness, and stress relief.
This infographic by AAAStateofPlay.com explores the whimsical side of the animal kingdom.