Recently, some owls have gained immense online fame without any active promotion. They caught the attention of the internet by sleeping face down in a way that looked endearingly cute, like they had been partying all night. Without the internet, only a handful of people would have known about them. Their overnight popularity may seem undeserved, but it’s likely due to envy on my part.
Mark Rees, a journalist, created a very successful public relations campaign featuring sleeping owls. His tweet with a picture of these adorable birds has gained over 119,000 likes and made the series very popular on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Imgur, and Reddit. Keep scrolling to see these irresistible owls that everyone is currently obsessing over. You’ll probably let out a few “awws” yourself.
We cannot confirm or refute Rees’ theory that baby owls nod off with their heads down due to their weight. However, we do know that this behavior is natural. For instance, the National Audubon Society, a charity devoted to safeguarding the environment, shared an endearing tale of two Barred Owlets that tumbled out of their nest. After being returned to their tree, caretakers monitored their progress and noted their sleep habits.
According to the article, the owlets rest on a branch, holding on tight with their talons. They sleep on their stomachs and don’t like to be disturbed, even for feeding. Their naps are brief but essential for their growth and development.
It’s fascinating that a juvenile owl can sleep safely on a tree branch without falling off by gripping it with its hallux or back toe. This toe stays closed until the owl bends its leg.
Unfortunately, many young owls strongly desire to explore their environment before they can fly, causing them to end up on the ground frequently – sometimes even falling right in front of people. This can result in a need for owl rescue or rehabilitation services.