Which animals cannot see the sun?

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation BfN

When it's summer here and temperatures are around 30 degrees, our domestic animals also have to cope with it somehow. But they manage to do that quite well.

Dog, cat and Co. - our pets

Much like us, our pets love a shady spot in the heat. Because they don't sweat under their fur, they pant. They open their mouths, stick out their tongues a little and breathe in quick puffs. This allows the body to give off heat through the tongue. If you have a pet, make sure they can always drink. Change the water frequently, because germs can multiply more easily in the water when it is hot.

And the wild animals?

Wild animals that roam during the day also pant. This is how the foxes do it, for example. Brown hares have long ears that allow a lot of heat to escape. Many of our native animals are nocturnal and spend the hot days in the thick bushes or in their burrows underground. It's nice and cool there.


Birds don't sweat either. If it gets too hot for them, then do it like a dog and cat: They pant. They also fly to water holes to drink and bathe and hide in the shade.

Read here how you can make a potion for the birds!


Insects have also developed tricks against excessive heat. In the beehive, for example, there is humming. So that it doesn't get too hot, the bees let their wings vibrate. The resulting draft cools the beehive. A sophisticated ventilation system provides cooling in the ant burrow. But insects also have to drink. This can sometimes be difficult in dry summers when there are no more puddles. So provide a remedy with an insect drinker in the garden.

Here you will find out how you can easily build an insect drinker.