The quotation by Samuel Butler fits nicely with this video of an elk calf frolicking in a puddle.
Via Joanne Casey's I Have Seen The Whole of the Internet.
Addendum: Originally posted two years ago; now updated to add this video of interspecies play:
"Every evening a river otter comes to play with our daughter's dog Rio. What was once an acquaintance on the other side of the fence has now become a friend who comes to play through the fence.It has been interesting to watch as their trust of each other has developed over the past several months."Addendum #2: Time for another biennial update, this time to add a video of goats playing "King of the Mountain" on one of their sun shelters:
Addendum #3: More interspecies play in this video of a pitbull and a young deer:
YouTube link. Via I Love Dogs.
See also this video of dogs playing with water from a garden hose.
And this elephant with a plastic ribbon.
I do enjoy updating this post. Here's a dog and deer at play. And a horse with a squeaky toy.