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Animals Prepare For Winter

Animals Prepare For Winter

2nd December 2009
The Snow Settles

The Snow Settles

Migrating Cranes

Migrating Cranes
Winter is now well and truly under-way and as the snow settles on the ground animals all over the world are preparing themselves for the cold days ahead. Animals often change their behaviour during the winter in order to more successfully survive the bitter cold.

A number of animal species particularly birds, migrate (travel) to warmer climates to escape the northern chills. Numerous birds including geese and cranes fly south to South America and Africa to get some winter sun before returning north when the weather begins to warm in the spring.

A Grizzly Bear

A Grizzly Bear

Other animals including bears, snakes, squirrels, badgers, bats and numerous insect species, retreat into a den, cave or hollow log where they sleep through the cold winter. Before an animal hibernates, it spends most of it's time eating or making a food store to get it through the cold months ahead.

An Arcti c Fox

An Arctic Fox

The appearance of an animal can also change during the winter in order to ensure that the animal doesn't stick out like a sore thumb in the white snow. The fur of Arctic hares, foxes and wolves turns from brown to white meaning that they remain hidden when the snow starts to fall.

Playing In Snow

Playing In Snow

For more information about the different animal behaviours during winter, please see: