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A Winter's Sleep - Hibernation non-chronological report

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Hibernation

Can you imagine sleeping through the whole of Christmas and not knowing what Christmas is? When the glistening leaves fall off the trees, lots of animals go to bed and dream. The sun goes on holiday, the plants freeze like statues and the trees grow icicles on their bony branches.

 

Winter is Present

The ponds have turned to ice, the trees are dying and the plants are drowning in the snow. No jumping spiders in the forest, no dormice scrambling up the trees and no earthworms wriggling around.

 

Where Have all the Animals Gone?

It may seem like these creatures have vanished, but they are still there: safe, snuggly and settled. They are merely hibernating.

 

What Does Hibernation Mean?

You may think that hibernating is just sleeping but, it's life or death for some animals. Hibernation helps the animals survive throughout the bleakest, dullest, coldest time of year.

 

Why Hibernate?

Through the freezing cold months, a huge amount of animals battle to survive because it is a challenge to find food. When the world closes down for the foggier, snowier seasons, there are fewer berries, fruit, fish, worms and nuts for the living things to feast on. When the weather is fierce and foul, it is difficult for them to keep warm.

 

Problem Solvers

Extraordinarily, animals can slow their bodies right down so it looks like they are in a deep sleep. Their heart rate dwindles and their breathing and temperature lowers. This helps them to stay alive by retaining energy

 

When Do Creatures Prepare to Hibernate?

Before the cold months begin, many animals fatten up: munching, chomping and feasting on their favourite treats. They use this extra fat to keep them cosy, warm and protected from the cold. Plus, their extra fat gives them energy when the food has vanished.

 

Super Duper Sleepers!

Would you believe that the European hamster hibernates for up to six months of the year hidden in underground tunnels. Maybe it needs a tiny, little alarm clock so it doesn't sleep all year.

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