Bat appreciation day was this week (April 17) so I thought I’d share this sketch and a bit about how neat these creatures are:
-There are 1,100 species of bats worldwide, making up a quarter of the world’s mammals.
-Bats can eat up to 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour and often consume their body weight in insects every night, helping keep bug populations in che
-Bats can live more than 30 years and can fly at speeds of up to 60 mph.
-Most bats have only one pup a year, making them extremely vulnerable to extinction. Bat mothers can find their babies among thousands or millions of other bats by their unique voices and scents.
-The world’s largest bat is the “flying fox” that lives on islands in the South Pacific. It has a wingspan of up to 6 feet. The world’s smallest bat is the bumble bee bat of Thailand, which is smaller than a thumbnail and weighs less than a penny.
* I learned these facts from the Nature Conservancy at http://www.nature.org
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