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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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But hibernating bears are just the beginning of the story.
These lemurs spend seven months of the year hibernating in tree cavities, even though the winter temperatures of Madagascar regularly reach a balmy 30[degrees]C (86[degrees]F).
The study of bats in Kaunas Fortress can be divided into the following periods: (1) occasional finds of bats, with no aim of counting all or nearly all bats present (during the 20th century until 1977); (2) systematic counts of bats with the aim to get both qualitative and quantitative data on the bat population hibernating in underground rooms of the fortress (since 1978) (Masing & Busa, 1983; Masing, 1984b; Pauza & Pauziene, 1996; present work).
What I've seen when I've been in bear dens with hibernating bears," says Kasworm," is that bears do a fair amount of shivering and muscle contraction.
The researchers cleverly circumvented the problem of having no human survivors to study by creating the hibernating myocardium phenomenon in the first animal model--a pig--for the disease, and implanting a defibrillator similar to that used in patients with advanced heart disease.
Further, the hibernating population of this species has grown; and it is now the third largest population of hibernating Indiana myotis in the state.
A Big Brown Bat was found hibernating in a timber container from Canada when it was unloaded in the Netherlands (16).
The fauna is strange indeed--predatory warlags, glacier worms that hunt hibernating creatures, and six-legged gnus used as beasts of burden.
Hibernating mammals can survive several months without feeding by limiting their carbohydrate catabolism and using triacylglycerols stored in the white adipose tissue (WAT) as their primary source of fuel.
Researchers in Hobart, Tasmania, where the average winter night is 15 hours long, found changes in the nervous systems of SAD sufferers which echoed those in hibernating animals, said the report.
The populations are dwindling for several reasons, the main one being "human disturbance" to hibernating and nesting colonies, according to Larry Martoglio, a 26-year Forest Service veteran and wildlife staff officer at Daniel Boone.
In the past, area bears have taken to hibernating in vacation homes on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.
FAISALABAD -- Wildlife is facing threats of existence due to global warming which is increasing day-by-day in temperate and less hibernating period.