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In the animal kingdom the 8 hours of suggested human sleep doesn't apply to most of our wildlife friends. Giraffes get by on just 30 minutes to 2 hours per day, often broken up into smaller sections. Because getting up from the ground takes them a little time, laying down makes them more vulnerable to predators such as crocodiles and lions. Meanwhile koalas slumber for up to 22 hours in a day since digesting eucalyptus leaves takes a lot of energy! Other napping creatures in this gallery include seals (6 h/day), ducks (11 h/day), sloths (20 h/day) and lemurs (16 h/day). Are these comfortable creatures making you sleepy? Maybe it's time for a nap....
Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) six-to-eight month old cub sleeping in tree, Chengdu, China
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00568659 Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) six-to-eight month old cub sleeping in tree, Chengdu, China© Suzi Eszterhas
Giraffe (Giraffa sp) young sleeping, native to Africa  -  Mitsuyoshi Tatematsu/ Nature Pro
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00406266 Giraffe (Giraffa sp) young sleeping, native to Africa© Mitsuyoshi Tatematsu/ Nature Production
Leopard (Panthera pardus) four-month-old cub sleeping in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana
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00596040 Leopard (Panthera pardus) four-month-old cub sleeping in tree, Jao Reserve, Botswana© Suzi Eszterhas
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) sleeping on ice, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Andre Gilden/ NIS
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70027842 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) sleeping on ice, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Andre Gilden/ NIS
Mustang (Equus caballus) family band loafing in the sun, alpine meadow, Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, Montana  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00341476 Mustang (Equus caballus) family band loafing in the sun, alpine meadow, Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, Montana© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) trio resting on a beach, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Michio Hoshino
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00108561 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) trio resting on a beach, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Michio Hoshino
Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda) sleeping, native to northern Africa  -  Roland Seitre
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00538344 Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda) sleeping, native to northern Africa© Roland Seitre
African Lion (Panthera leo) male sleeping, Selinda Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana  -  Mark Moffett
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00553349 African Lion (Panthera leo) male sleeping, Selinda Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana© Mark Moffett
Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei)resting mother holding five month old twin babies, Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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00499684 Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei)resting mother holding five month old twin babies, Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda© Suzi Eszterhas
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) sleeping, Soberania National Park, Panama
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00575386 Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) sleeping, Soberania National Park, Panama© Sean Crane
Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) two and a half year old baby sleeping on mother, Gunung Leuser National Park, north Sumatra, Indonesia  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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00443955 Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) two and a half year old baby sleeping on mother, Gunung Leuser National Park, north Sumatra, Indonesia© Suzi Eszterhas
Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) male sleeping, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
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00621343 Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) male sleeping, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia© Cyril Ruoso
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) sleeping, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Michio Hoshino
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00123831 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) sleeping, Kamchatka, Russia© Michio Hoshino
Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris) juveniles sleeping, California  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00551682 Northern Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris) juveniles sleeping, California© Chien Lee
Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) sleeping, Prince William Sound, Alaska  -  Donald M. Jones
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00535513 Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) sleeping, Prince William Sound, Alaska© Donald M. Jones
European Beaver (Castor fiber) male resting on back, inside lodge, Germany  -  Ingo Arndt
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00546312 European Beaver (Castor fiber) male resting on back, inside lodge, Germany© Ingo Arndt
Harp Seal (Phoca groenlandicus) pup sleeping on ice, Magdalen Islands, Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Quebec, Canada  -  Ingo Arndt
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00531541 Harp Seal (Phoca groenlandicus) pup sleeping on ice, Magdalen Islands, Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Quebec, Canada© Ingo Arndt
Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) female sleeping, Qinling Mountains, China  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00455443 Golden Snub-nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) female sleeping, Qinling Mountains, China© Cyril Ruoso
Cape Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) sleeping on rock, Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast, Namibia  -  Vincent Grafhorst
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70025005 Cape Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) sleeping on rock, Cape Cross, Skeleton Coast, Namibia© Vincent Grafhorst
Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) sleeping, native to southeast Asia  -  Konrad Wothe
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00453552 Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) sleeping, native to southeast Asia© Konrad Wothe
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) male sleeping, Queensland, Australia  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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00523035 Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) male sleeping, Queensland, Australia© Suzi Eszterhas
Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) eight month old cub sleeping in tree, Chengdu, Sichuan, China  -  Katherine Feng
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00551404 Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) eight month old cub sleeping in tree, Chengdu, Sichuan, China© Katherine Feng
African Lion (Panthera leo) six to seven week old cub sleeping against mother, vulnerable, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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00761283 African Lion (Panthera leo) six to seven week old cub sleeping against mother, vulnerable, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya© Suzi Eszterhas
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) adult female with sleeping infant, Pandrillus Drill Sanctuary, Nigeria  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620823 Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) adult female with sleeping infant, Pandrillus Drill Sanctuary, Nigeria© Cyril Ruoso
Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) sleeping on a Sally Light Foot Crab, Puerto Egas, James Bay, Santiago Island, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00534124 Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) sleeping on a Sally Light Foot Crab, Puerto Egas, James Bay, Santiago Island, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
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