The games animals play...

There are more than 8,000 indigenous sports played across the world and many of them not even documented well, but human society cannot be imagined without them. The purpose of sport is to maintain or improve physical ability and skills, as well as provide entertainment to participants and spectators alike. But what is its role in the animal kingdom? Do animals also play? What is the purpose behind it? Are they following any rules or is their activity just some kind of unruly energy being expended?

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Camouflage

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All animals use special tactics in order to survive on the planet, and camouflage is one of them. Predator or prey, each animal resorts to disguise either to kill or to protect itself. Camouflage can be of many kinds, but the commonest is matching oneself with the background, and nature’s colours —sand, brown and green — are perfect for this.

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Sambar deer

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For the jungle lovers, a sambar making alarm calls is a sure sign of a predator in the vicinity. Sambar is an important deer species of Indian jungles. The animal may not be the most beautiful deer but certainly an important species for the fragile forests ecosystem.

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