What Animals Do When They Think No One is Watching

“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

coyote pups playing


In our family we make a point to be playful and silly as much as we can. We laugh a lot. And we make time to play.  I am also a huge advocate of using play when teaching kids and especially adults.  Play is a powerful tool!

Play can lift a person’s mood. Play relaxes everyone in the room, and eases tension any time things get tense.  Play is a great way to remember to not be so serious.  Play is also great exercise.  We all need a lot of playtime in our lives.

People aren’t the only ones who play. Nature plays, too!

Every once in a while, we are fortunate to get a glimpse into the hidden lives of animals in our homes, and in the wild.  When this happens we are surprised how much animal species are like us.  They love. They protect. And they play.

Every time I think I know enough about a species, I am given another opportunity to learn something new from a new animal teacher, and see life from another’s perspective.

Today my teacher was a wild coyote (Canis latrans).

Check out this new perspective on the importance of play:

Have you ever seen an animal in nature playing like this?

Do you play?

Please share!  I would love to hear your favorite play stories!

Recommended Reading:

Coyote facts


Coyote Power Animal

Coyote plays with dog toy


We do not quit playing because we grow old; we grow old because we quit playing.― Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.




4 thoughts on “What Animals Do When They Think No One is Watching

  1. We have shared our home with cats for 42 years and have had fun and games with each and every one. At present we have Walter and Jozef, both 14 years old and still very playful, although they don’t often play with each other, just occasionally have a ‘mad half hour’ round the house and garden. People say cats like to sleep a lot, well it’s true in a way but they also like lots of attention and playtime, I think a lot of cats, especially indoor cats, sleep too much, out of boredom. I love seeing all species of animals playing, I just love Nature and all the creatures on this earth.

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      1. Yes especially declawed ones, it makes me sad to think they can never play or do the things clawed cats enjoy doing.. I love to see our boyz grab a catnip mouse in their front claws and give it a good old kick with their back feet.


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