Grey-headed flying fox

“Life in the wild is often viewed as an earnest struggle to survive, but evidence is rapidly accumulating that animal life holds great potential for joy. Nature rewards behaviour that promotes success in animals because of its evolutionary advantages, but this underlying reason for the reward doesn’t stop these successful behaviours themselves being enjoyable. Here, a mother grey-headed flying fox jousts playfully with her five-month old pup. Play is an important tool for developing physical strength, coordination, and social skills. But animals don’t ponder evolutionary adaptation – like us, they play for fun”

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