Animals in Winter

December 8, 2017
Emperor penguins huddle for warmth.
ART WOLFE

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Brr! We wear warm clothing in winter. When it’s cold, we light a fire. Animals also find ways to stay warm in winter.

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Grizzly bears hibernate. They spend the winter sleeping. The bear’s body temperature drops. A bear doesn’t need much food then.

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When the weather gets cold, many animals adapt. They change the way they act. They change their bodies. In winter, the white-tailed ptarmigan turns from brown to white. This helps it hide from danger.

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Geese fly south for the winter. They travel in groups. They migrate to warmer weather.

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Gray whales migrate. They travel far. They swim from the Arctic to Mexico. They spend the winter there. The water there is warmer.

Did You Know?

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In Japan, snow monkeys take hot baths in the winter. They bathe in natural hot springs. This keeps them warm. How do you stay warm when the weather gets cold?