Aug 12

The 12thAugust is International Youth Day and here at the ARKive office we thought it would be a good opportunity to take a look at the sort of shenanigans young animals get up to. Unsurprisingly, a lot of them seem very familiar…

Pestering Mum and Dad…

Lion cub photo

As this lion cub shows, it’s not just humans who have to endure endless demands for fun and games! “Play with me daddy!”

Picking on your siblings…

Arctic fox cub photo

These Arctic fox cubs spend much of their time play-fighting, and if Mum and Dad don’t want to play then what better way to spend your day than picking on your brothers and sisters, it’s what they are there for after all!

Hanging out with friends…

Mediterranean horseshoe bat photo

All kids like to hang out with their friends, and the Mediterranean horseshoe bat takes this quite literally! The young bats hang together in a nursery roost whilst their mothers are away foraging.

Being nosey…

Brown bear photo

Kids just have to investigate everything, and this inquisitive young brown bear is no exception!

Hitching a lift…

Pygmy anteater photo

Shoulders, piggy backs, why walk (or climb) yourself when you can get Mum or Dad to carry you?! This young pygmy anteater has the right idea!

Getting grubby…

Puma photo

Kids somehow seem to find dirt wherever they go, and getting grubby is a part of growing up. Fortunately for these young pumas, Mum is on hand to tidy them up a bit!

Eating sweets…

Barbary macaque photo

It’s a universal truth, kids the whole world over love sweets, just like this Barbary macaque.

Making a racket…

Coyote cub photo

It’s also true that all kids love making a racket, check out these noisy coyote cubs!

Getting everybody to play with you…

Chimpanzee photo

As this cheeky chimpanzee is demonstrating, everybody is viewed as a potential playmate – older siblings, aunties, uncles, cousins, friends of the family… Don’t take no for an answer!

Crashing out after a hard day…

Bornean orang-utan photo

After a hard day’s play, no one crashes out quite like kids do. This young Bornean orang-utan looks very content, and for the rest of the family, peace and quiet at last!

Claire Lewis, ARKive Media Researcher