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What’s the difference between hibernation and sleep?

The Arctic Ground Squirrel hibernates by burrowing under the permafrost and slipping into a state of suspended animation. The female black bear can give birth while she hibernates. The fat-tailed dwarf lemur prepares ...

Giant pandas and their bamboo-only diet

Giant pandas are famous for their diet of bamboo, a giant, fast-growing form of grass with over 1,000 species. But how that low energy diet shapes how much they eat and sleep, how it affects the size of their young, a...

Baby hippo Fiona’s never-before-seen moments

Fiona the baby hippo has captured the public's attention since she was born six weeks prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo in January of 2017. The zoo's neonatal caregivers were first worried for her health, but with the...

L’orchestre d’hibernation animaux and how animals hibernate

A flute playing wood frog who freezes. A bassoon blowing painted turtle who (ahem) breathes through its butt. A trumpet blasting common poorwill who falls asleep anywhere, anytime. A harp plucking mosquito who goes in...

How the Animal Kingdom Sleeps & How Animals See the World – Animalism

Sleep is universal in the animal kingdom, but each species slumbers in a different — and often mysterious — way. Some animals snooze with half their brain, while others only sleep for two hours a day (without even suf...

Do jellyfish sleep?

At first glance, humans seem to have very little in common with Cassiopea, a primitive jellyfish. Cassiopea is brainless, spineless, and spends essentially its entire life sitting upside down on the ocean floor, pulsa...

Why do we sleep and how do different animals sleep?

Why sleep is such an important part of our lives? ...and on a related note, why is bedtime so important? Based on what our bodies (and other animal bodies) accomplish while sleeping, there are a few leading theories a...

Baby Hippo Makes a Splash at the San Diego Zoo

Funani, an experienced hippopotamus mother, birthed her 11th calf at the San Diego Zoo on March 23rd at 6:30 a.m. Though zoo officials do not know yet if it's a boy or a girl, they've announced that both the brand new...

“Sunflower Cat Window” – Eight cats in a time lapse sunbeam

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, keep a closer eye on your cats because they just may have an agenda that you haven't noticed before. This time lapse video by Mitsuru Yasui is an illuminating mini-epic that revea...

The benefits of a good night’s sleep – TED Ed

Sleep to remember! Remember to sleep! This TED-Ed focuses on those of us who are studying for tests or staying up late for deadlines, but The Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep can also help younger kiddos understand wh...

Alla Kinda: Manolito’s Dream

From Barcelona animation studio Alla Kinda, journey into a subconscious world of hungry wolves and turnip-headed aliens in Manolito's Dream.

Zoo (1961) by Bert Haanstra

Zoo (1961), filmed at Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam by Dutch documentary film maker Bert Haanstra. But whom are we really watching here? More excellent Haanstra: Glas. Updated video link.

What it’s like to live in space – Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield has made it a part of his five month mission to educate about space, science and the International Space Station through a series of videos about ...

Yawns – Everynone

By Everynone founder Daniel Mercadante (previously featured here, here and here) with music by Lullatone, (also previously featured,) here are some Yawns. Related listening:

Why Is Yawning Contagious? – Vsauce

Why do we yawn? The kiddo isn’t often into all of the great science-content videos that are a bit heavier on the talking (and many of them are more for older kids anyways), but he stuck with this particular one ...

“Enjoy scratching with many capybaras” while they sleep

This video out of Japan is captioned, “Enjoy scratching with many capybaras.” These guys live at the Bio Park Nagasaki Zoo & Botanical Garden.

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