Animal Poems for Children
By Josie Whitehead
Who sleeps the most? Go on, make a guess -
Is it a tiger, a mouse or a cat?
It’s a small mouse-like mammal that flies round at night.
Did you guess? It’s the little brown bat.*
With a glossy brown coat, wings that are brown,
With tiny sharp teeth and small ears,
They sleep when the rest of us go out to work
But at sunset you’ll see them appear.
You mustn’t fear bats for they don’t want to hurt -
They live with their families together.
They come out in the evening to look for their meals
Especially in warm summer weather.
They dine upon insects that fly in the sky
And across the dark skies they all sweep.
In winter you’ll find them curled up in their homes,
Deep in their long winter’s sleep.
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• The brown bat sleeps for about 20 hours a day.
• Koalas sleep 18–20 hours;
• Sloths sleep l6–18 hours per day