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Baby Owls Sleep Face Down Because Their Heads Are Too Heavy And It's A Hoot

Baby Owls Sleep Face Down Because Their Heads Are Too Heavy And It's A Hoot

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.

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.

https://twitter.com/reviewwales/status/1274645239509254146

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.

Twitter
Twitter

How cute is this guy?

https://old.reddit.com/r/Superbowl/comments/8x0ovd/whatcha_doin/

Here's another one!

https://twitter.com/fs_harajukuinfo/status/909616187163549696

Mika McKinnon is a field geophysicist, & freelance science communicator. She weighed in with some research that confirms the theory that these owls are asleep.

https://twitter.com/mikamckinnon/status/1135377137064714240

Here's one more because they are so darned cute!

https://www.reddit.com/r/aww/comments/8ikuy7/baby_owl_laying_down_after_a_long_day/

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