Survival Needs of Animals
Are all activities of an animal justified by a need for survival
or are there activities that dosen't fall under this category.
An interesting question, which I don't think has been resolved. There are
activities of many species that can loosely be described as "play," but most
of those, and maybe all, can be shown to have at least an indirect survival
value. There are many things about animal behavior we do not yet understand.
This is a tough one.
I would say that survival, including reproduction, includes just about
Note that survival of a species could include such 'virtual' things as
"comfort" or "security" or "happiness" or "contentment" so that while an
action might not directly appear to contribute to an animal's survival or
reproduction ability, it does contribute to a quality of life consideration.
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Richard R. Rupnik
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Update: June 2012