Have you ever found yourself woken up by your alarm and wanted nothing more than to shut it off, bury yourself in your blankets, and go right back to sleep? I know I have, and I’m guessing I’m not alone.
Unfortunately, my deep desire to sleep only worsens when winter comes around. Suddenly a few guilty uses of the snooze button becomes a love affair with sleeping in late and cozying up in bed earlier in the evening. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly a recipe for productivity.
If only I’d been born a grizzly bear…
Each winter, these lucky bears are able to relax and settle into hibernation. Their respiratory rate slows, and they no longer have to drink water or hunt or forage for food. That means they don’t have to urinate or defecate either. They just hang out in their dens, fueling their bodies with the fat reserves they stored up in the summer and fall.
And while all of this sounds pretty incredible, there is, of course, a small downside: a very intense summer and fall.
For many, a winter in hibernation means the loss of up to 33% of their body weight. For new moms it can mean even more. When temperatures rise, these bears have to switch it into high gear. Not only do they need to eat enough to recover the lost body mass, they need to begin storing up for the winter to come.
That means eating. A lot.
In the video below, you’ll get a sneak peak at how one group of bears in Alaska regain their summer figures. One thing is for sure: they look super cute doing it!
L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.