Animal play and animal welfare

@article{Held2011AnimalPA,
  title={Animal play and animal welfare},
  author={S. Held and M. {\vS}pinka},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2011},
  volume={81},
  pages={891-899}
}
Play has long been identified as a potential welfare indicator because it often disappears when animals are under fitness challenge and because it is thought to be accompanied by a pleasurable emotional experience. But animal play is a vexing behavioural phenomenon, characteristically flexible and variable within and between species, with its proximate mechanisms and ultimate functions still not fully understood. Its relationship to animal welfare is therefore complex and merits a focused… Expand

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