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A long winter’s nap

Some animals rest more during the winter than others. In fact, they might sleep for months at a time. To get ready for a big, long snooze, they need to eat extra food. This lets them store up extra fat to live on while they sleep. Once they nod off, they go into a deep sleep. Their breathing also slows down, and it’s hard to wake them up.

What word means a long winter’s nap in the animal world?

Fill in the missing letters in the sleepy animal names. Then use the circled letters to get the answer. You’ll need to unscramble the letters, too!

Puzzle answer: HIBERNATE

Clue answers: mice; ladybugs; bears; hamsters; raccoons; skunks; bats.