Why not, for just a couple minutes, imagine yourself as a bat?
You shriek, who’d ever want to be a bat? They are ugly, creepy, scary, and they suck people’s blood. No thank you. I will just skip my entire life among those, if you don’t mind.”
That is understandable, but don’t close your mind to the thought until you hear a bit more about these. They really are among the most intriguing creatures alive.
Did you know that bats are not birds? They, like human beings, are mammals. Baby bats feed on milk from their mothers’ breasts, and are already around three fourths of their adult size at birth.
In the event you were a bat, then you could fly more than 2 miles high.
A bat’s feet are so powerful they can hold its weight upside down all day long. Wouldn’t it be fun to hang upside down from the light over your bed, and shock your parents when they came to say good-night?
There are more than 1000 different kinds of bats in the world. You could opt to be a fruit-eating macro bat, using a 6-foot wing-span, or even a little Bumblebee miniature bat, weighing less than a penny.
Micro bats in North America weigh only a couple ounces, and survive mostly on insects. One little micro bat can eat 600 insects an hour. “Yuck,” you say? Well, since we’re only faking, maybe some juicy mosquito protein for dinner wouldn’t be too bad. Once you begin to munch up those pesky bugs, the entire world will certainly be a much better place.
From time to time, bats catch insects in their mouths, but often, they use their wings to smack insects into a membrane, or piece of skin between their legs, which can be utilized like a bag for storage. Afterwards, they poke their heads down into the bag to gobble up their own dinner. (The membrane is also utilised to capture bat babies when they are born.)
Ever wonder how bats find all those insects that they consume? Their eyes are fairly weak compared to other mammals and most birds, but bats are a secret weapon known as echolocation. This is a sort of sonar system bats use to find food, and to prevent bumping into things.
Most bats make a high-pitched sound as they fly along. The sound, when it strikes an object before this bat, echoes back and informs the bat how big the object is, and how far off it is. Some insects hear the sound and escape, but most are not fast enough.
Besides those that eat fruit and the ones that eat insects, there are bats that eat fish, frogs, and even blood. Those that live on blood are known as Vampire Bats. But do not be concerned about them. They live in South America, and don’t like human blood all that much. Their favorite diet is blood from cows, so they can be a big nuisance to farmers.
Many people believe bats are evil creatures, but this is far from authentic. Look at a number of the good things that they do.
* Bats eat hundreds of tons of insects every night, saving us the trouble and cost of spraying with dangerous pesticides.
* Bats carry pollen and seed to revive tropical rain forest trees and plants.
* Bananas, avocados, vanilla, and peaches are pollinated by bats.
* Bat droppings, (guano), located in deserts, provide an important ingredient in fertilizer. Many workers earn a living collecting guano.
* Studying bats helped our government grow radar and sonar.
* Even Vampire Bats are not all bad. Their saliva is being studied for use in keeping the blood of heart patients from clotting.
Pesticides, used by people, kill countless bats each year. Most people, when they discover a bat, then try to kill it or scare it away. Cave explorers occasionally frighten away bats; when the bats cannot find another roost quickly, their young can die from the cold. Bats that enable you to get too close may be sick, so never touch one you find on the floor call for Fort Lauderdale Wildlife Control.
Scientists are attempting to protect the bats that are left by educating people more about these. Ask them to not disturb bats that are roosting.
Now that you understand more about bats, don’t you agree that becoming one, at least in your imagination, for only a short while, might be kind of fun?