Published By: Nirtika Pandita

Ever wondered why animals always bask under the sun?

There is a theory behind every happening in the world and same goes for animals’ habits.

There is always something intruding as well as fascinating about animals that is difficult to understand. While their behaviour can sometimes be erratic but most of the time it is filled with love. For instance, why is it that when a group of cows stagnant in one place always look in one uniform direction? Likewise, have you ever wondered among the non-understandable behaviours why animals are always basking in the sun? Yes, that is a question to ponder. So here is an explanation by researchers and scientists who have spent years looking for an answer.

For the purpose of conserving their energy

Some endothermic sunbathers may feel the same way. Despite the fact that such creatures could even produce heat from within because of their rapid metabolism. In fact, some animals sunbathe just so their metabolic activity isn't required to perform all of the work. This is what scientists believe causes the sun-seeking habits of ring-tailed lemurs and roadrunners, in addition to the Alpine ibex, which is a type of wild goat that captures sunlight to store energy on cold mountain mornings in winter.

A great virus remover and vitamin supplement for the animal

Research indicates that animals seek sunlight also to treat specific health issues. There is scientific evidence proving that birds sunbathe to kill parasites camouflaged between their feathers. It was in 1993 when scientists discovered a group of violet-green swallows who spent more time sunbathing than other swallows treated for mite and louse infestations. However, recent research has shown that lice on feathers can die when exposed to short bursts of sunlight.

Keeping the temperature of their body stable

Under the process known as thermoregulation, animals use the sun to regulate their body temperature. According to researchers, this is what pushes several cold-blooded ectotherms, such as reptiles, amphibians, and many insects that spend nearly half of their time near the water's surface. Ectothermic animals, unlike endothermic mammals and birds, cannot maintain a stable body temperature through the heat produced by their metabolism. As a result, their temperature varies with their surroundings.

The effects of sunlight are not only useful for humans but also for animals. As much as humans are in need of vitamin D from the sun, it is equally important for animals. It is just like how any benefits and energy the sun would give to humans it would to animals.