Short-term costs and correlates of play in cheetahs

  title={Short-term costs and correlates of play in cheetahs},
  author={Tim Caro},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • T. Caro
  • Published 1 February 1995
  • Psychology
  • Animal Behaviour
Abstract Costs and benefits of play were investigated by observing cheetah,Acinonyx jubatus, cubs in the wild. Cubs played either after resting or nursing, or while the family was moving; cubs were never injured during 2600 h of observation, and did not become separated from their mother during play; and mothers showed few signs of unease while cubs played. It is argued that energetic and indirect costs of play were insubstantial. Taking all these potential costs together, overall costs of play… 

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