Play Behavior: Persistence, Decrease, and Energetic Compensation During Food Shortage in Deer Fawns

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Science  01 Jan 1982:
Vol. 215, Issue 4528, pp. 85-87
DOI: 10.1126/science.215.4528.85


White-tailed deer fawns continued to play despite an experimentally induced 33 percent milk shortage. They reduced play by 35 percent and general activity by 9 percent but increased grazing by 62 percent, resulting in virtually complete energetic compensation. This demonstrates the importance of play behavior in a mammal's activity budget.