There's nothing cuter than a baby animal frolicking and playing. But who says baby animals get to have all the fun?! Trace looks at the purpose of play in animals and shows us a hysterical video of an elk looking for a good time on a trampoline.

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"If you've ever played dodgeball, you may be familiar with that singular moment in which a red ball rapidly enters your peripheral vision."

Prancing Primates, Turtle with Toys: It's More Than Just (Animal) Play
"Play seems the simplest of joys. Our kids at some newly minted game at the beach. Fox cubs rolling and nipping. A kitten chasing a tinfoil ball. The child in all of us waiting to drop the burdens and have fun."

Why do animals like to play?
"It is easy to see that play may sometimes have a purpose that is perhaps masked by the lack of any adaptive or evolutionary function."

Games Animals Play
"Happiness is never better exhibited than by young animals, such as puppies, kittens, lambs, and company, when playing together, like our own children," writes Charles Darwin in his 1872 classic, The Descent of Man."

So You Think You Know Why Animals Play...
"The lush riverside vegetation sways as a herd of elephant wends its way between the broken pools. Standing at the top of an embankment, a half-grown male is watching a larger elephant trudge up the slope toward it."

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