#TuesdayThoughts: baby owls sleep like baby humans; a few hours at a time mostly during the day. Baby owls also show high levels of REM activity during sleep.
As they get older owls seem to dream less… pic.twitter.com/D0AZNZdCNI
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Even if you didn’t think newborn owls could be much cuter, it turns out they can. Consider this for a moment: have you ever considered how animals sleep? Adult owls sleep upright but the owlets are unable to do so because their heads are too heavy. So, until they’re big enough to slumber sitting up the small birds have a backup plan: they lie down on their tummies and shift their heads to the side before nodding off to sleep.
Surprisingly, the baby owls manage to perform all of this while sitting on a tree branch. And, owing to the robustness of their back toe, the hallux, they don’t fall off. The creature is tethered to the branch by the hallux and it will not move until the owlet bends its leg.
Mark Rees, a journalist, has discovered how newborn owls sleep. He published a photo of an owlet napping like a person would—on its stomach and completely zonked out—in a now-viral tweet. Scroll down to view more of this lovely sight.
It’s wonderful to see baby owls (owlets) sleeping on their stomachs resting face down.
— ふくろう (@fs_harajuku) October 18, 2015
— こてパパ (@6qx7OUMoWHSZ1Sd) June 16, 2020
Teenage owl sleep habits are way outside my lane, but I found (less hilarious) confirming accounts.
— Mika McKinnon (@mikamckinnon) June 3, 2019
— 鳥のいるカフェ谷中本店 (@toricaferoppong) June 19, 2020
The owlets don’t sleep for lengthy periods of time and when they do they resemble many of us.