You might think that these young tigers are fighting, but they’re really playing. Like most other young mammals, tigers like to play. Why do mammals play? Is playing just for fun, or does it serve some other purpose as well?
Playing is actually an important way of learning. By playing, these tigers are learning moves that will help them become successful predators as adults. Playing is just one of many ways that mammals and other animals learn how to behave. In this chapter, you will learn more about mammals such as tigers. You will also learn more about animal behavior and other ways that animals learn.
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For first table in chapter 20, from top to bottom,
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- CT Cooper.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mellivora_capensis_in_Howletts_Wild_Animal_Park.jpg. Public Domain.
For second table in chapter 20, from top to bottom,
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- Liscobeck. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Deer_Valley_Forge.JPG. Public Domain.
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- Charles J Sharp. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tree-hyrax.jpg. CC-BY 2.5.
- Lip Kee Yap – Colugo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colugo#/media/File:Colugo_(Galeopterus_variegatus,_adult_female),_Central_Catchment_Area,_Singapore_-_20060618.jpg CC-BY-SA 2.0
- Arnstein Rønning (Eaglestein).http://www.flickr.com/photos/eaglestein/5013603237/. CC-BY 2.0.
- Courtesy of US Geological Survey. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:FL_fig04.jpg. Public Domain.
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