What do baby ows and baby owles do?
They sleep, and they do so in a unique way, according to a team of scientists working in a collaboration with Dr. David Dinges.
Their preferred sleeping position is in their arms and legs, with their head resting on their chest.
When the babies are sleeping, they keep their eyes open, so that their eyes can see what is going on in their environment.
Dr. Dinges explained: ‘They sleep like this because it’s so natural.
They don’t have to look at anything, and it’s also easy for them to wake up.’
Dr. Divers, along with colleagues from the University of Edinburgh, published their findings in the journal PLOS ONE.
They believe that baby owl sleeping is one of the natural sleep-like behaviours that can be observed by a variety of animals including humans.
‘I think they are really special, and I think they have special powers of survival,’ said Dr. Dave Dinges, a zoologist at the University at Edinburgh.
‘They’re very smart, and their body is really flexible, so they’re able to move around and move around their body and they’re not just resting on the ground, they’re in the air and they can move.’
So their ability to move is really remarkable.’
Baby owls are really intelligent creatures, they learn very quickly, and this is really an example of that.
‘There’s been a lot of research that has focused on the relationship between sleeping and survival, and how babies learn how to live with their surroundings.’
But we thought we’d look at other animals and see if they have this same ability to sleep.’
We wanted to find out what they were doing when they were sleeping and whether that was something that they could be taught to do.’
They do not wake up in the morning, they don’t stay in the same place and they don’t move.
‘So we wanted to know if they could sleep with their heads down and be able to wake in the mornings and move in the evening.’
Dr Dinges and his colleagues used video footage from three baby owly owls, as well as one human, in Scotland, to investigate how they would sleep in the wild.
‘We’ve been following the owls around a lot, and we’ve taken lots of footage of them and we found out that they would be sleeping on their backs, on their sides, on the side of the ground.’
It’s not really unusual for owls to sleep on their back,’ he said.
‘But we’ve also seen that in the field, and one of our colleagues did this with two of them, and he found that they actually did not sleep on the back, they had their heads resting on each other.’
The reason we did that was because owls don’t like to have their heads on the same level when they’re sleeping, and that was the cause of their being so tired.’
When we took them out in the open, we found that the owl was still sitting on its back, but when it was in a nest, it was sleeping on its sides.’
I think it was very unusual, because owlies have to be very smart to learn to sleep like that.’
This was actually really interesting because it was one of these things that we did not expect, but it’s really fascinating, and what we found was that when they would do this, it would be in their nests, and then they would sit in a very natural sleeping position, but their heads would rest on each others backs.’
That is very different to the natural position that they can be in when they are sleeping in the nest.’
Then they’d wake up when they got out of the nest, and when they did this, their heads were still on each of their bodies, but they had this kind of sleeping position where they were resting on one another.’
Their heads were actually resting on other parts of their body, like their toes or their toes would rest against their backs.’
The research was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council Scotland and the University and College of Edinburgh.
Dr Dinsons team also included Dr. John MacLeod, from the Department of Zoology at the Scottish Natural History Museum.