If you need a break from your busy schedule, we’ve found a literal pick-me-up for you. Many parents will remember playing “airplane” with their kids when they were little — and watching chimpanzees do the same is guaranteed to warm your heart. Watch the chimpanzee’s amusing antics in the video below.
Perhaps the funniest part of their playful interaction is how enthusiastic the adult chimpanzee is. Parents will surely remember their kids screaming “Higher, faster, more, more!” when they did the same thing. And this chimpanzee is certainly obliging her little one. Though it’s unclear whether these two chimps are related, one thing is obvious: They share a special bond, evidenced by their warm, snuggly embrace.
Unlike human children, primate toddlers don’t have to go to school — and that means Mom has to find a way to keep her young ones entertained. But this affectionate display isn’t all fun and games. Primates use playing as a way to learn the skills they’ll need later in life, according to Conserve Nature. For example, wrestling helps a group determine where members fall in the social hierarchy.
If the adult chimp in the video is indeed the younger primate’s mother, this playing informs the little one about how to be a good parent when he or she has offspring. If the younger chimp is a female, she may adopt this learned behavior as a mother. Males, on the other hand, are largely absentee parents — but they still maintain a strong bond with their mothers. As young adults, males have to assert their dominance within the pack. This is a stressful time for them, and they may return to their mother for support if things aren’t going well for them. Even chimps can be “momma’s boys!”