Today is Bat appreciation day.
In some circles Bats are anything but appreciated and have for long had a bad image which is very unfair as they are an integral being in our eco-systems and are found almost everywhere on the planet except very cold regions.
Bats are the only true and sustained flying mammal and have a fossil record going back nearly 50 million years. They feed on fruit and insects and some such as the Hairy-legged Bat and White Winged Bat that feed only on the blood of birds or large mammals.
Bats are very vocal creatures and the Mexican Free Tailed Bat is one of a few that actually sing like a bird. They also have amazing sonar detection devices that have been known to be able to be jammed by certain species of Moths.
I'm sure people reading this will love Bats for the unusual but wonderful creatures they are but if you come across people who hold a negative opinion of them please put them right and explain to them just how beneficial Bats really are to our world.
For more information on these fluffy fliers feel free to click on the links below. Especially interesting to me are the articles on their radar systems.
By Brendon Crook.