Off we go, into the wild blue yawners where creatures great and small give up their gapes before turning in... to sleepier versions of themselves.  

Yawner Roll: The Top 10 Animal Yawns

 

1) Your Feline Sleepy

Yawner Roll: The Top 10 Animal Yawns

Domestic cats have long been maligned as “lazy” do-nuthin's whose highest priority – and greatest pleasure – is sleeping. Not that there's anything wrong with that... if you're a cat, ya take what ya can get and never stop pushing the envelope for more. They get away with it too: behind those ever-frequent yawns are suppressed howls of laughter. (images via Thomas above and bagsgroove at top)         

 

2) The Roaring Silence

Yawner Roll: The Top 10 Animal Yawns

You can't hide your lion eyes... not until after the mane event, at least. This so-called “King of Beasts” might not have a king-size bed at their disposal but that's only 'cuz they're not living in your house. These scaled-up relatives of the aforementioned Felis Catus Domesticus share many things in common with their pint-sized cousins, including a pervasive desire to take cat-naps. Who's gonna stop 'em? It's good to be the king! (image via Tambako The Jaguar)            

 

3) Nightwings

Yawner Roll: The Top 10 Animal Yawns

Can birds yawn? This one does, though it's not certain if the sight is accompanied by a sound. Birds are thought to be a surviving branch of the extinct dinosaur family tree, which means ancient Tyrannosaurs, Triceratops and Pterodactyls likely yawned too... up to a certain very, very bad day 65-odd million years ago. (image via Molly Haggerty)                 

 

4) Gorilla My Dreams

Yawner Roll: The Top 10 Animal Yawns

It's said life is more fun than a barrel of monkey but what do you do when the party's over? Find your safe space, let out a yawn for the ages, and sink into the gentle arms of slumber. Enjoy it while it lasts... all too soon the alarm will ring and the local howler monkeys (aka, children) will do that voodoo that they do so well. (image via Roger Ahlbrand)              

 

5) O Howly Night

Yawner Roll: The Top 10 Animal Yawns

Where wolf? There wolf! Indeed, you'd yawn too if you spent the days doing er, wolf stuff while the full moon keeps you up all night ravaging and ravening. Somebody get this weary wolf a couple of buddies so they can pose for a Three Wolf Yawn pajama top. (image via Mrs Airwolfhound)                

 

6) Yawn Cougar

Yawner Roll: The Top 10 Animal Yawns

Mountain lions are in the news a lot lately, and too often the news is NOT of the yawner variety. That's what happens when humans (and their pampered pets) want to live on the edge of the wilderness, apparently not realizing that wildlife were there first. The whole situation makes for strange bedfellows... in this case, one you definitely do NOT want to wake up alongside. (image via Chad Sparkes)              

 

7) Your Worst Night Mare

Yawner Roll: The Top 10 Animal Yawns

Sometimes you wake up feeling a little hoarse. Then there's this guy... every time he wakes up he's a BIG horse! So, where does a thoroughbred find a thorough bed? Anywhere they want: when a horse wants to sleep, it would be-hoove you to get outta the way. (image via Red Junasun)                  

 

8) Tired Tiger

Yawner Roll: The Top 10 Animal Yawns

But soft, what light through yawn-der window breaks? It is the beast er, the east... actually, the beast FROM the east as these majestic creatures are Siberian Tigers. It's no surprise even tigers get tired: that Calvin is one energetic kid! (image via zoofanatic)       

 

9) Hibearnating

Yawner Roll: The Top 10 Animal Yawns

If sleeping were an Olympic event (and if animals could compete), then a bear would claim the gold medal each and every time. Sure they'd be late – by about six months  – for the awards ceremony but still. As for the bruin above, that prodigious yawn signals an imminent move to a warm and cozy den. They're really too different from us, other than our dens feature nachos on demand and TVs tuned to the Game of the Week. (image via S.Hart Photography)                  

 

10) Napping Hyena

Yawner Roll: The Top 10 Animal Yawns

If that hyena yawns any wider, they're gonna get a hernia... which is nothing to laugh about lemme tell ya! We'll be here all week, please tip your waitress. Anyway, we're not sure if the hyena above is of the Spotted or Striped variety, and considering that set of massive choppers we're not getting close enough to find out. We'll leave that stuff to an... acci-dental tourist. (image via zoofanatic)

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