When You’re Sleepy: Strange Animals Sleeping Habits
Animals need sleep like humans. Scientists have even recorded REM sleep in most mammals. What animals lack, from a human perspective, is comfort.
Consider these critters and their unusual bedtime behavior.
- Koalas, bats, and opossums win the “Sleepyheads Award”. They spend 20 hours a day in dreamland. Opossums do not hang by their tails from a tree branch, but nestle into any small hole they find. Koalas anchor themselves on high tree limbs. Bats lock their talons onto branches.
- Sea otters snuggle into seaweed to keep them from floating away while they’re asleep.
- The albatross sleeps in the air while flying 25 miles an hour.
- Dolphins keep one eye open and half their brain alert while the other eye and half of their brain snoozes.
- Elephants prop themselves up on anything that’s handy. Some zookeepers have watched elephants round up enough straw to make themselves comfy pillows.
- Giraffes border on insomniacs, averaging a mere two hours daily. They accomplish this with six to ten minute naps spaced throughout the day. (Maybe the phrase “cat nap” should be changed to “giraffe nap”.)
- Groundhogs hibernate during the winter, waking up halfway through to mate, then hunker down to continue hibernating until spring. While awake, some of them are snatched up by people on February 2nd and asked to predict how much longer winter will last.
- Horses and cows lock their knees so they can sleep standing up without falling down.
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