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Why Do Flamingos Sleep On One Leg?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Last week we went to the zoo "Ouwehands Dierenpark". There are so many animals there like elephants, bear, deer and more. What really captured my attention was these flamingos. They stood on one leg and their head rested on their body. So, I made a research to answer my curiousity. Here is what I had found.
Flamingos often stand on one leg, the other tucked beneath the body. The reason for this behavior is not fully understood. Some suggest that the flamingo, like some other animals, has the ability to have half of its body go into a state of sleep, and when one side is rested, the flamingo will swap legs and then let the other half sleep, but this has not been proven. Recent research has indicated that standing on one leg may allow the birds to conserve more body heat, given that they spend a significant amount of time wading in cold water. As well as standing in the water, flamingos may stamp their webbed feet in the mud to stir up food from the bottom.
Are there other animals which sleep on one leg? I am very curious if there are.

2 comments:

analou August 4, 2010 at 6:24 AM  

very interesting info sis. I haven't thought about it when I saw the flamingos for the first time here in LA zoo. Thanks for sharing...

kat - Mom's Place August 5, 2010 at 3:07 PM  

wow...what a great info..

okay..i'll add you sis tomorrow na lang kasi sleepy na beauty ko hehehe..promise!

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