What has wings but isn’t a bird? What can be seen but rarely heard? We all have different opinions about bats. Some of us know of Batman, the Bat-cave, and the Bat-mobile, but what do we really know about these fascinating creatures. Some people associate bats with horror movies and vampires. The scary little critters that fly around in haunted castles and always appear out of nowhere like some sort of cursed bird.
Bats are in fact a mammal. The only thing with the bat is that their front legs have been adapted to act as wings. Bats are actually more maneuverable than birds, there front toes and thin membrane make for very good flying indeed. The smallest bat, Kitty’s Hog-nosed bat, is tiny, only measuring 1.2 inches in length and only weighs .09 of an ounce. The largest bat is the Flying Fox and the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox. These big-as-you-get-bats can weigh up to 4 pounds and have a wingspan of 5ft 7in. now that’s one big bat…..man. There are over 1200 different species of the bat around the world, so look out, there may be one right behind you NOW!
I hate to say this, but there is such a thing as a vampire bat. Most bats eat insects or fruit, but the vampire bat has an appetite for blood. Don’t let that scare you though as they aren’t big enough to take a bite out of you yet. Bats are nocturnal animals, so part of their mystique is that they only come out at night, this adds to the suspense and mystery that surround these miss-understood creatures. Believe it or not, bats are very important to the eco-systems of the world. They are responsible for pollinating flowers and dispersing seeds. In fact, many tropical plants rely solely on the bat for survival.
Bats are helpful and also a threat to humans. Their dung is mined from caves and is used for fertilizers. They are also one of the biggest consumers of insects rendering the used of pesticide unnecessary. They are used as tourist attractions and a source of food in some Asian and Pacific Rim countries.
In the video below, we see the most adorable little bat ever captured on video. An Australian woman, Denise Wade, rescued this poor little bat after it was involved in a serious car accident in Queensland, Australia. Denise fell in love with the injured animal straight away and even named her Miss Alicia. Denise has nursed this luckiest of animals back to health and plans on releasing Miss Alicia back into the wild once she has recovered fully from her injuries. Click on the link below for the cutest-cuddly-varmint you will ever see in a baby-blue-blanket chewing away at her favorite food…….a nice fresh banana.