Baby owls sleep face down and we don't think our lives will ever be the same again.
This is because their heads are too big for their bodies, and a viral image of the phenomenon has been recently circulating online, giving us all "go home, you're drunk" vibes as well a whole lof cuteness.Check out this video of surprising facts about owls:
Because the image of the owl lying face down had its validity questioned, it wasn't long before others posed pictures of baby owls doing the same thing.
The picture below was captioned: "I've just discovered that baby owls sleep face down like THIS because their heads are too heavy. Also, I don't think I've seen owl legs before...."
According to IFL Science, adult owls are able to sleep sitting up because their bodies are fully developed but because baby owls' heads are simply so large, they have no option but to lie face down when they want some shut-eye.
Twitter user Mika McKinnon fact-checked the original picture and added more adorable pictures of sleeping owls to the interwebs, writing that as far as she could tell, it was true, but she asked for an owl expert to confirm, just in case.
Heather Hinam, Ph.D., wrote: "I've been trying to find the original photographer for this image, but no luck. It's obviously a captive bird. Regardless, yes, young nestling owls do sleep, or rest lying down. Their heads are too heavy for their bodies. Here are some saw-whets from my Ph.D. research"
An article by the National Audubon Society, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to conservation, also confirmed the phenomenon.
A listener of the society's podcast BirdNote said he's found two baby owls and was advised to watch them sleep. He was delighted when he discovered them lying face down, heads turned to the side, which, admittedly, is a more elegant position than the faceplant featured at the start of this article!
The article added: "Their naps are short, and when they are asleep, they do not like to be awakened, even to be fed."