Batty Bat (and friends)
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Some people fear bats for the following reasons:
They are the mysterious animals that fly about at night
and attacking human prey.
Bats are blind.
They get tangled in your hair.
They are dirty flying rodents who perform no services for us.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Bats are our friends and our protectors!
Please enjoy this bat page and learn more about this
wonderful marvelous creature - Batty - The Bat.
OK, Let's jump onto the back of "Batty" for an amazing trip, Hang on... Here we go... !!!
cruises through the night skies in search of prey, sending out twenty
or more sonar signals per second and listening for the faint echo of
a target. WARNING...!!! Suddenly, picking up a return signal it veers for the target.
HANG ON, HERE WE GO...!!! Increasing both the speed and rapidity of the signals, it locks in on the target and adjusts its trajectory for the kill. ARM THE MISSLES...!!! But, the prey has developed a means of detecting the sonar and begins evasive maneuvers. LOCK ONTO TARGET...!!!
The predator increases the signal rate to two hundred or more per second and dives for the target but at the last instant, in a surprise move, HANG ON......
the prey folds its wings and drops out of sight. RADAR SCREEN BLANK...!!! The predator swoops by, missing the target. MISSION ENDED. This is just one of the many exciting evening trips of Batty - The Bat. The mission was foiled by the preys early detection sophisticated
sonar capabilities, but maybe you didnt know that some insects
have developed ears. Ears have been found in moths, lacewings
and praying mantises. Bat research continues and ears may also be found
in some species of beetles, another food source for bats. Let's continue on, but..., be careful of the flying dragon...!
Throughout history, people have associated bats with other, more frightful
creatures of the night. As such, bats have endured centuries of unjustified abuse.
While most medieval superstitions about bats have perished, some
misconceptions surrounding these animals persist today. Let us get more information.
Over the last few decades, much has been learned about bats and
how they help to keep our environment healthy.
Many species of bats, such as those known as flying foxes, are
also surprisingly appealing and intelligent. Ironically, though,
bats continue to be among the most misunderstood and feared of
all our wildlife.
This fear and ignorance have contributed to the
almost total destruction of several bat species and threatened
the existance of many others. Such losses can seriously harm
ecosystems and reduce the quality of life for more living things,
including humans. But with our help, bats can continue to
function as one of nature's most beneficial creatures.
Bats are mammals, and like all other mammals, the females possess
mammary glands, where milk is produced and fed to the young. Baby
bats, called pups, are born alive and have to be taken care of
for an extended period of time. The body of a bat is covered by hair,
as is true of other mammals.
Despite the familiar expression, "blind as a bat," none of these creatures
are truly sightless. Several species of bats can see better in dim light than we do as humans.
Nearly all bats are nocturnal (active at night) or crepuscular (active during the twilight of dawn and dusk).
To get around in the dark, many nocturnal bats rely on a sophisticated form of sonar known as echolocation
for navigating and finding prey. Many bats, especially the crepuscular ones, have exceptionally good
eyesight designed for low levels of light.
I wear glasses and eat my carrots every day...!
Rabbits like carrots too, but they cannot fly like I do...!
Bats fly, which does make them different from most mammals.
Bats have modified hands and arms that serve as wings capable of sustained
flight. They have been flitting across the night skies of the world, for some 50 million
years now. Bats belong to the Chiropterea, which means "hand-wing".
Species in this order are divided into two suborders.
Megchiroptera, which includes the various species of flying
foxes, and Microchiroptera. Flying foxes use echolocation, a kind
of natural sonar for locating prey and other objects.
Megachiropteran bats are found only in Europe, Asia, etc. Microchiropteran
bats do echolocate and are a much more diverse and widely
Bats are indeed beneficial to people. In many cultures, bats are
a symbol of good luck and fortune. In our own western culture,
this for the most part is not so. Many view bats as unclean,
disease carrying, symbols of evil. In reality, bats are actually
very gentle, and will only bite if attacked or threatened or
improperly handled. They are no more likely to carry disease than
a bird. Rabies, as with any other wild animal is a valid concern.
Use caution if you must handle them, wearing gloves, and even
better, have a rabies vaccination prior to handling. Fortunately,
there is no reason to handle them.
During the daytime, bats sleep in caves, crevices, tree cavities,
limbs, and branches of trees and man-made structures.
Nearly all bats rest and sleep, or roost, hanging upside down by
their hind feet. Bats do not need to expend energy to maintain this
positionas a bat hangs, its own weight causes the claws
to automatically grasp, firmly holding itself in place.
We just love hanging around...!
Bats are important pollinators of flowers and plants, including bananas,
mangoes, cashews, dates, and figs. As predators of nocturnal insects,
and distributors of seeds of many plants, bats are a crucial to ecosystems.
More than 60 percent of bats eat insects. A bat can consume as many
as 500 mosquitoes in an hour. Beetles account
for more than a third of the diet of big brown bats, with flying ants, flies,
crane flies, mayflies, stone flies, and other insects making up the rest.
Consuming volumes of insects, they are worth their weight
in gold, in many areas where humans are finally learning of the
benefits. Fortunately for the bat, many humans are learning just
how valuable they can be!
There are now organizations to assist in protecting bats, and in
fact, more and more people are becoming concerned with the
conservation of bats, through private as well as governmental
organizations. The increased awareness is most certainly due to
the efforts of numerous organizations that are on the internet,
and they emphasize education, which is ultimately the key to
conserving our bat friends.
You can invite bats to your own backyard and become active in bat
conservation by using an artificial roost to attract bats. Bat
houses are enjoyed by a variety of bat species that also use
natural crevices and tree hollows. Even if the house is not used
by bats, its presence causes visitors to ask about the house
which provides the owner an excellent opportunity to educate
friends about bats.
Bat houses are inexpensive and easy to build. You can buy these
at garden centers, order them from conservation groups, or build
your own. Visit your local library and read how to do it.
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but the person worthwhile
is the one with a smile when everything goes wrong.
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