Fun Facts about Bear Cub Play

Here are some fun facts about bear cubs from the North American Bear Center

Scientists have suggested that young animals might play to:
-stimulate development of the brain
-increase cardiovascular fitness
-“burn off” excess energy
-explore surroundings
-practice fighting, mating, or hunting skills animals will need as adults
-help learn to recognize kin, evaluate risk, or cope with stressful situations
-provide a safe way for young animals to test their abilities, the abilities of -playmates, and the degree of cooperation/competition with them
-help strengthen social bonds, reduce aggression, enhance alliances, increase tolerance, and improve group cohesion
-release endorphins and other “feel good” chemicals.

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