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(as) busy as a hibernating bear

Not busy at all; inactive. He says he has no time to help our charity, but I know that he's off from school right now and busy as a hibernating bear!
See also: bear, busy, hibernate

*busy as a hibernating bear

not busy at all. (*Also: as ~.) Tom: I can't go with you. I'm busy. Jane: Yeah. You're as busy as a hibernating bear. He lounged on the sofa all day, busy as a hibernating bear.
See also: bear, busy, hibernate
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Is the process of hibernation the same for all animals that hibernate during the winter?
However, the relatively low numbers of animals belonging to the last two species found at underground roosts in 2007 might have been caused by the relatively warm winter when both species probably had a better chance to hibernate outside underground roosts.
In contrast, one of New York's largest caves holds about 175,000 bats, while about 125,000 bats hibernate in the second.
However, Whitaker & Rissler (1992) estimated that about 900 northern myotis hibernate in tiny cracks in this mine.
The horse won a ladies' race at Newmarket two runs ago, and the plan is not to take Hibernate on for the lead and try to sit in second.
Most big brown bats in the northeastern United States form maternity colonies in summer in buildings (Mumford and Whitaker, 1982), and in winter some hibernate in caves and mines (Rysgaard, 1942; Mohr, 1945; Beer, 1955; Beer and Richards, 1956; Mumford, 1958; Hitchcock, 1965; Phillips, 1966; Goebring, 1972; Mills et at.
marmots, chipmunks and brown bears, they said, adding that all these animals are either having shorter hibernating period or not hibernate at all due to global warming.
C) Scientists can learn about some human diseases by studying how bears hibernate.
She is mainly nocturnal and if not caught will probably find somewhere to go and hibernate if the weather becomes severe.
We found that in the highly social species that prefer to hibernate in large, tightly packed groups, the declines were equally severe in colonies that varied from 50 bats to 200,000 bats, which suggests that colonies of those species will continue to decline even when they reach small population sizes," UC Santa Cruz biologist A.
Helen Bostock, of the RHS, said: "Hedgehogs, dormice, toads, frogs, newts and pipistrelle bats all normally hibernate from mid-November, but have not been doing so.
Kate Bradbury, wildlife expert, says: "Hedgehogs hibernate in leaf or log piles, thickets of grass, compost heaps and hedgehog boxes.
It found that a complex series of changes occur in bears' hearts as they hibernate.