As you may well know, babies are born with heads that are too big for their bodies. This is why we need to protect the heads when they are born until the little ones can grow to be strong enough to support it on their own.
What you may not know is that baby owls sleep lying face down because their heads are so heavy! The image surfaced on June 21, 2020, in a tweet that went viral since it looks like the bird is dead or drunk, or just come home after a long night. It has been verified that the owl is in fact alive, though the photographer has not been located yet.
When an owl is fully grown, they will sleep standing up because they are able to support the weight of their head.
The tweet thread is full of amazingly adorable images.
How cute is this guy?
Here's another one!
Mika McKinnon is a field geophysicist, & freelance science communicator. She weighed in with some research that confirms the theory that these owls are asleep.
Here's one more because they are so darned cute!