Staying Up All Night

staying awake all night

This week we watched a programme about a man that set himself a challenge to do a really long walk in the Antartic. The man got very cold because there was LOTS of snow (this is probably because someone had left a very big freezer door open and let all the snow escape (freezers are where snow comes from). But anyway me and Teddy decided we wanted to do a challenge and we had an exellent idea for what we would challenge… Bedtime! Me and Teddy are going to stay up ALL NIGHT.

Staying up all night is apparently really hard. Otter Keeper explained to me that in his opinion Otters (and Teddy’s) aren’t really designed to stay up all night. I politely pointed out to Otter Keeper that with the right training anything is possible. He laughed (he sometimes does this when i’m right about things)

What follows is a step by step account (the highs and the lows) of mine and Teddy’s epic journey.

6.31 We’re making preparations and gathering the last of the supplies. We are however missing a wafer bar. Teddy says he hasn’t eaten it but I’m not so sure. I don’t know if Teddy appreciates the magnitude of what we are about to do. He had better start taking this seriously.

8.30 We are now approaching usual bedtime. Everything is going well, both me and Teddy are in high spirits.

9.00 Otter Keeper says it’s now half an hour past our bedtime. Our training and preperation must be paying off because everything feels normal (it’s just been going on a bit longer than usual?)

9.38 Teddy says he’s starting to feel tired. I’ve given him some juice and now he’s wide awake.

10.04 It’s getting really quite late. Otter Keeper has been explaining to us just how long the nightime is. Teddy is finding it hard to deal with.

10.45 After refusing the challenge himself Otter Keeper has now gone to bed. The true nature of the task at hand is now sinking in. Otter Keeper has let us keep the light on which was kind of him – we miss him quite a lot already actually.

11.03 Teddy wants to go to sleep….. I’ve made him eat a wafer bar…

11.15 It’s very quiet here in the living room at this time, me and Teddy have been talking about how we are probably the first Otter or Teddy to have ever been up this late before. That is quite a special feeling. It feels good to be doing something important (like the man did on TV).

11.20 Teddy is having problems .. he’s being grumpy and keeps mumbling about going to to bed. I’m singing to him to keep up moral.

11.21 Feeding Teddy wafer bars as fast as possible, this makes it harder for him to talk about going to bed.

11.22 I’ve given Teddy the blanket to keep him warm. We’re both thinking about Otter Keeper lots.

11.25 It appears Teddy is asleep.

11.26 It’s very hard to stay awake.

11.28 I think it’s almost morning…it can’t be much longer now.

11.29 I’ve never noticed how soft Teddy is when you lay on… him …..



  1. Lucy Bucknall August 13, 2011 at 4:18 am

    At least you god damned tried ! well done , juicy fruit for you..

  2. Maria August 13, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Otter, i admire you determination to try and stay awake all might, but I think Im going to agree with Otter Kepper this time, I dont think Otters are meant to stay up all might, your little body needs rest! Anyways, you are always cute doing all the things you do. Xoxoxo, by the way I think teddy didnt have the sema determination to stay awake as you did@

  3. JacktheCat August 13, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Otter I think is a great adventure staying up all night! I wish I could do it but I need to rest! Take care

  4. Grace August 13, 2011 at 8:01 am

    You are just so adorable!

  5. Womanek August 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Whoa, Otter! That was quite a challenge! I’m sure that I wouldn’t be able to stay up all night, I’d probably fall asleep quicker than Teddy 🙂

  6. Bev Otter August 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    How amazing to manage to stay awake so long, you were up to the challenge even if Teddies are so soft and cozy. This otter story has really made me smile today so thank you. XX

  7. D'Otter August 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Hi, Otter! It’s no wonder you had a hard time staying up all night, otters are most active at sunrise and sunset! When I was a student, I found that the best thing for staying up all night was to keep as busy as possible! (Actually, I had to stay up all night because I was too busy.) If you want to try again, you could keep busy making toast or filling in a lot of drawings or plotting against that nasty Kate person who’s been making your life so hard. (Just do try not to make noise and wake your Otter Keeper, he needs to be alert all day at work and not being able to sleep because of noise is bad for that.) I think you’re very brave for even trying, though.

  8. Gemma August 14, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Nice try, Otter! 😉

  9. Otter Lover August 14, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Otter… You’re just TOO CUTE!!!

  10. Smelly Chell otter August 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I always wondered where snow came from…! Nice try Otter, I’m sure Otter Keeper is very proud of your effort! *squeak!* x

  11. Linda August 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Don’t feel badly that you fell asleep before morning. I can’t stay awake all night either. It’s hard! :0)

  12. Clare August 15, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Nice try Otter, but staying awake all night is really hard…..I fell asleep on the saofa last night!

  13. Heather aka Niftyknits August 16, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Otter, if you *really* want to stay up all night, maybe I could arrange for you to borrow my next-door neighbour? She does a find job of keeping me awake. I have a sneaking suspicion she may even be named Kate.

  14. The Ridger August 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Oh, Otter – nice try. I mean it! I can’t think when I last was able to make it through the whole night. And the thing is – if you do, you just sleep all day!

  15. Catherine ( and Petey Ferret too) August 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    What a wonderful story Otter!It always does my heart good to read of your adventures with Teddy! But this story in particular put a HUGE smile on my face+ made me so happy! What a brave Otter you are to want to stay up all night!So clever too, all the planning and preparation…and you took such great care of Teddy to help him enjoy your Over-Night Adventure! I am so proud of you Otter! and you are just so adorable–looking at you curled up on top of your nice, soft Teddy–after you were so very kind to cover him with that nice blanket. I very much enjoyed this new story Otter! My ferret did too–and try as hard as he does–he NEVER makes it all thru the night either!(nor do I!)We will be thinking of you and Teddy while we are curled up in bed tonight Otter! I am proud to have you as a friend and feel very lucky that you share your Otter Adventure Stories with us! PS–try and get some sleep, okay?!

  16. Matthew August 27, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    See there’s ur problem. It’s too dark in that room! Of course teddy got really comfy! Things get comfy when its late and dark. I’m speaking from experience here. ^^

  17. Florian August 21, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    What a great story! Love it! And I have to agree: staying up all night is quite hard, even if you are a human! I always fall asleep around 4 or 5am in the morning 🙂

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