Playful, exuberant and just plain fun, featured here are three of my favourite animal species playing. So why do they engage in these exuberant displays – what do they gain or do they do it just because it feels good? All the scenes exude good humour – a relaxed sense of just goofing around. It was a delight to watch all their antics. Play benefits healthy development of young animals both physically and mentally – helping them to get to grips with their spacial environment and building up dexterity and strength.
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24 thoughts on “Animals at play”
And some people say animals have no emotions. Pffft!
Cannot beat watching elephants at play IMHO 🙂 Wonderful shots Liz
Agreed! Elephants are fabulous creatures,
Thanks for the comment 🙂
LOVE the elephants – OMG, so cute!
Hi Eliza, aren’t just! Ellies have character 🙂
I truly believe that play has benefits for animals and children. Great photos!
Yes! There are some interesting studies out there confirming your comments.
Marvellous! Do you have a video of these?
Sadly not! Could have been some fun footage. And my camera has video mode; just not my preferred format.
Ah… It could have been some fun footage. My camera does have video mode, but I never use it
Liz your elephant photos are an absolute delight x🐘 x
A great theme with photos and narrative to match. Thanks Liz.
I’m sure these critters had as much fun playing around as I had looking through your photos, Liz!
Yes, and bet you can imagine the high jinx the baboons got up to!
Why are these your favourite animals? good shots. I am a fan of a Giraffe. what an odd looking animal…
They all have rich and complex social hierachies, i enjoy observing their rank and the interaction within the different families. Yes giraffes are rather quirky, but so perfectly adapted to their habitat 🙂
The elephants are so sweet!
These photos are way too adorable! Great capturing quality.