Humans have long sought a connection to various species in the animal kingdom. Despite conflicting assertions, the fact remains that there are so many striking similarities between chimpanzees and humans that evolutionary biologists call them our “cousins”.
For one thing, chimpanzees demonstrate social behaviors that were once thought to be observed only in humans and their great ape cousins.
Chimps like to play.
Just as young kids like to go out on summer mornings to look for other children to play with, young chimpanzees have also been observed to behave in the same way. They engage in play activities for hours, manifesting behaviors that scientists describe as “activity that produces no clear or immediate benefits — both during their childhood and their ‘youth.’”