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AbstractPlay is a strong outwardly directed, emotional behaviour and can contagiously spread between individuals. It has been suggested that high-playing animals could 'seed' play in others, spreading positive affective states. Despite the current interest in play contagion there has been no previous attempt to measure the strength of the play contagion effect. The calf (Bos taurus) is ideal for testing the strength of play contagion as play in calves is strongly related to energy intake fromdoi:10.1038/s41598-020-78748-7 pmid:33303902 fatcat:5otizje2xbe5znkxmx6p2cykdu