ANIMAL PLAY

playful interactions between animals, typically young animals, that serves no apparent purpose in promoting survival. Generally includes aspects of courtship behavior, aggression, and predatory behavior, and promotes learning in a safe environment. Further, play may help develop future social relationships, social skills, and confidence in the animals.

ANIMAL PLAY: "Animal play comprises all aspects of non-survival related actions, particularly between two or more members of the same species. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ANIMAL PLAY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/animal-play/ (accessed August 18, 2019).
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