Because I’m with it, hip and trendy I’m comfortable admitting that I watch Autumnwatch Live. Don’t even pretend that you’re not jealous.
Anyway, something happened in last week’s episode that intrigued me. A viewer wrote in about badgers; apparently they copulate for around 15 minutes, but sometimes it takes far less time – two badgers will have a bit of a roll around for only a minute or two before going back to their duties. The viewer’s question was basically asking why – are they just doing it out of enjoyment? Or is there something else going on?
Chris Packham’s answer was something along the lines of:
Animals never do anything ‘just for fun’, there’s always a reason behind every action.
Now, I don’t want to overanalyse everything in the world, but this struck me as interesting. I definitely do things just for fun – I have no ulterior motive for watching a game of football or Hell’s Kitchen, it’s just entertaining.
Bearing in mind the fact that Chris Packham is a completely sold-out believer in evolution, how does he explain that? I can’t see a single benefit in a ‘having fun’ mutation…just a thought.