I was recently reading a book called The Souls of Animals by Gary Kowalski and the topic of animals at play was a featured chapter. There is apparently some debate over why animals play. According to Kowalski, “Animal scientists often try to explain play in terms of its survival value. Exploratory behavior like play, they point out, allows the organism to acquire information about its environment that may later prove useful. In hunting or fighting games a young animal can practice and perfect skills it will need in adulthood.”
It goes on to say that these theories may in part be true but what about play for play’s sake? Do animals play just for the sheer enjoyment and delight in it? Watch this video and I think you’ll come to the same conclusion that I do:
So, do animals play simply because it’s fun? I’d say that’s a resounding YES!