25 Aww-Worthy Photos of Animals Sleeping

There's nothing like seeing a kitten napping to brighten your day.

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As animal lovers, catching a glimpse of our furry friends always puts a smile on our face. But there's something about seeing animals sleeping that's so cute it hurts. Maybe it's because it's when they're at their most vulnerable, and there's some maternal instinct that kicks in. Maybe it's soothing watching their bellies rise and fall. Or maybe we're envious of their ability to just plop down anywhere and snooze away. No matter what the reason, it's deeply satisfying. So if you're in need of some comforting content, check out these photos of animals taking naps.

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These curled-up kittens

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They look like they're having the world's best sleepover.

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This out-cold panda

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Well, someone clearly had a long day at the office.

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This puppy bedmate

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Dogs always want to be involved in whatever you're doing. So if you say it's naptime, it's naptime!

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This sleepy seal

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Life's a beach for this little guy.

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This lion having a well-deserved rest

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It's not easy being king of the jungle, you know?

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These otters locked in an embrace

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They are taking spooning to a whole new level.

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This raccoon whose blanket is the sun

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Anyone who's ever passed out watching Netflix is familiar with this position.

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This deer who looks like Bambi

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This looks straight out of a fairytale.

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This elephant mommy and baby duo

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Fun fact: elephants can sleep standing up. This would really come in handy at rush hour on the train.

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This snoozing tiger

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They really are just big cats, aren't they?

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This nimble koala

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It would take a human a lot of yoga and meditation to achieve this level of zen.

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This hibernating bear

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Imagine snoozing for that long!

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This squirrel that's tucked in for the night

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There's nothing cuter than when they curl their little paws into their chest.

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This cat who looks like he's had a rough night

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It's OK, buddy, we've all been there.

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This penguin in repose

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Penguins often sleep for short periods of time during the day and, yes, this is how they do it.

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This cozy duck

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Ducks sleep with their beaks tucked into their feathers for warmth, and it couldn't be cuter.

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This puppy sleeping on his back

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This position is one of the many things that make corgis the best pets.

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This excellent sleeping companion

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It's not just us. Science says women sleep better with a dog in the bed—as opposed to a cat or even another person.

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This gentle giant

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That feeling when you close your eyes just for a minute while writing your term paper.

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This Frenchie slumber party

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There's no better pillow.

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This dog in a sleeping mask

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He's got Monday morning vibes… except it looks like he'll be sleeping in till the late afternoon.

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This lazy koala

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This is basically a hard-working dad in a hammock after a long day of grilling at a barbecue.

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This very comfortable lion

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Who needs a fancy pillow? A rock can do just fine.

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This slumbering ox

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It's not easy out on the range.

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This tranquil polar bear

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The very essence of calm.

Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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