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Animals Sleep Anywhere

Some animals sleep safely in caves at night. Others sleep hanging in trees. Some big apes build nests in trees for sleeping but most animals prefer not to have a permanent home. They just sleep where they can. For example, the hoofed animals, in North America, Europe and Asia, there are many kinds of deer. All these animals move about the country as they like. They eat, move, eat again, and sleep in any comfortable sheltered place. In Africa, the deer prefer to look for their food early in the morning or very late in the afternoon. Most of these animals wander about the wide grass plains of Central and Southern Africa. Here the middle of the day is too hot for movement. So the animals sleep under trees and bushes, and only feed when it is cooler.

Some animals sleep safely in caves at night. Others sleep hanging in trees. Some big apes build nests in trees for sleeping but most animals prefer not to have a permanent home. They just sleep where they can. For example, the hoofed animals, in North America, Europe and Asia, there are many kinds of deer. All these animals move about the country as they like. They eat, move, eat again, and sleep in any comfortable sheltered place.

In Africa, the deer prefer to look for their food early in the morning or very late in the afternoon. Most of these animals wander about the wide grass plains of Central and Southern Africa. Here the middle of the day is too hot for movement. So the animals sleep under trees and bushes, and only feed when it is cooler. Only desert antelopes can stand the great heat of North Africa. Some of these northern deer are very small for instance, the Dorcas Gazelle, which is only 60 cm, high.

                                                                        DEER

Rabbits are real diggers. Wild rabbits live and sleep in big underground colonies. They have many enemies, because they cause much damage, and because they are good to eat. They build a network of underground tunnels for their homes. In the 1950s, a terrible disease called myxomatosis killed many rabbits. Farmers brought animals with this disease into their farms. They hoped the disease would just reduce the rabbit population a little, because rabbits cause much damage. Hundreds of thousands of rabbits died. For a long time, the rabbits were scared to go underground. They knew that there was a danger of infection, and they tried living out in the open but they didn’t like it, and have now gone underground again. Hares don’t dig holes. They just make of heap of leaves on the ground, like a bed. The hare’s fur is grey, a very good camouflage. So hares are safer than rabbits. Dog can follow their scent, but hares are usually faster than dogs.

POTTO

Some animals sleep high up, for instance, the potto that is a bit like a monkey. He’s a lazy creature, and moves very slowly. The potto has eyes like big round marbles. He looks for food by night. By day he sleeps in trees, rolled up in a ball. In the woods of West Africa, the potto sleeps in the trees, rolled up like a ball. His food consists of insects, young birds, eggs and leaves.

The Ai of Central and South America is another lazy creature. He sleeps up in the trees as well but he hangs by his feet. So he is stretched out full length, upside down.Even his hair grows in the “wrong” direction. So, when it rains while he is sleeping, the water runs off him more easily.

BAT

The Bat also spends most of his life upside down. Bats are found throughout the world, the only flying mammal. Bats sleep hanging from their back legs. Some of them like the big Horse-shoe Nosed Bat of Europe sleep in hanging upside down, but with their faces the right way up. He’s called so because of the shape of his nose. Other bats sleep in nests of leaves on the ground.

APES

Some of the big apes, the chimpanzee, the gorilla and the orangutan make nests in trees. The orangutan even builds a roof of leaves, to keep the rain off. These animals often make a new bed each night. They don’t have a permanent home, but they do make a firm territory. They rarely leave this territory and they don’t welcome visitors.

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