Animals At Play — God and His Pets Should Make Science Wonder

by Don Cadwallader

The mockingbird on the telephone pole outside our beach condo has been belting out his delirious song for days.  From sunrise to sunset for two weeks: nonstop trilling, twittering, and harping.  My wife and I wonder at his strength to do this, his little grey and black bird body jumping and flitting as he sings out for hours at the top of his world.

Elsewhere, other animals are probably taking the time to display such seemingly pointless behaviors in their own way.  For example, in Kentucky, a newborn colt may be kicking up his heels.  In Alaska, a grizzly bear could be spinning and splashing in a cold mountain lake.  Out West, a condor might be floating in aimless circles at 10,000 feet in the California skies.  Down the street in my neighbor’s living room, six black labrador puppies may be wrestling and nipping at each other for hours of playful fun.

But is it pointless fun? Continue reading Animals At Play — God and His Pets Should Make Science Wonder