14 Sept 2022
Have you ever seen a bat flying straight towards you at night?

       Dahmm! it's scary and it's not something you'd love to see . But as funny as it is, the bat is a wonderfully created mammal. Although certain other mammals are capable of gliding, bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. The flying membrane of bats consist of skin stretched between the four extremely elongated fingers of each hand; only the thumb remains free and is used for grooming. Isn't that incredible? 
 A little historical facts about Bats; Bats occur all over the world except the colder regions, above the tree line, and on some remote oceanic Islands. They are extremely numerous and diverse. Second to rodents in numbers of species; nearly a thousand species have been described and new ones are regularly discovered, particularly in the tropical forests. Among young bats, mortality is high. Some fall from the roof of their shelter and are not able to climb back; some succumb to disease or parasites.
     However, they do grow rapidly and are able to fly in about three weeks. Once the hazards of youth are over, bats enjoy a relatively old age, some reaching the age of 20 and in one documented case of a brown bat, to 30. Certainly they attain a longer life span than other mammals of similar size such as rodents that live for only one or two years. 

 Amazing facts about Bats.
     "Blind as a bat" is a common saying yet one that is false.They fly at night and because of this, they are mostly rather drab-coloured ie in various shades of brown. All bats can see, even though vision may be less important than other senses. To locate and catch prey, insectivorous bats use an acoustic orientation called echolocation. They emit a series of supersonic cries through the mouth or nose and detect flying insects by the echoes reflected back. 
      Also, Regardless of the fact that all bats fly, many species have light fluttery flight and others are powerful fliers. Example, the migratory species, such as the European mouse-eared bat, regularly fly 400km (250mi) or more.  
     In addition to the ultrasonic sounds used in echolocation, bats also emit other sounds possibly to communicate or to indicate emotion. Purrs, clicks, and buzzing often precede mating of some species; some of these sounds may be ultrasonic.  
      As everything has it's advantage and disadvantage, I can say that the bat has it's advantage to humans. Yes! It's has an advantage to human being. Bats help to control night-flying insects, in some instances pollinate flowers, and scatter the seeds of plants. Their guano is rich in nitrogen and has been sold as fertilizer. Bats are valuable subjects for study.
And I'll leave you with this. 
They’ve been called creepy, scary and spooky, but bats are an important species that impact our daily lives in ways we might not even realize. From pollinating our favorite fruits to eating pesky insects to inspiring medical marvels, bats are heroes of the night.  

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I love this article! I have always been fascinated by bats and their abilities, but I never knew much about them. This article gave me a great overview of their behavior, habitat, and diet. I appreciate the attention to detail and the informative charts and illustrations. I will definitely be sharing this article with my friends who are also interested in wildlife.
I have seen a bat flying very high in the air