Facts about bats

Many people associate bats with the Count Dracula, large sharp fangs that instill fear. However, in fact, bats are amazing and harmless creatures, even though they eat bugs … and sometimes they drink blood.

  • Bats are the only mammals able to fly. Bats fly so peculiarly in the air that they can not be confused with other flying animals. Their wings are thin and large, like a miniature parachute. Bats seem to be constantly repelled in the air, this movement is called “propulsion”.
  • Only one brown bat can catch about 1,200 insects, about the size of a mosquito, per hour. According to scientists, 20 million bats in the Fern Cave – eagle, Texas, every night, exterminate about 200 tons of insects. It’s a shame that bats do not drink blood, it would be more interesting.
  • Bats-vampires do not suck blood. They greedily drink it. But do not worry, there are only three kinds of bats in the world that drink blood. They are found, as a rule, in Central or South America, and they drink blood mainly in animals, for example, cows.
  • Bats do not suffer from obesity. Metabolism in these creatures is extremely fast – they can digest bananas, mangoes, and berries in about 20 minutes.
  • Over the past 50 years, rabies from North American bats fell ill to less than 10 people. In many films, it is often shown that bats are carriers of diseases and toxic substances. But this is not true. Bats try to avoid people, and not to attack them. If you still bite a bat, you need to contact the doctor, but do not immediately prepare for a funeral, with you, most likely, nothing serious will happen.
  • Bats are guided at night by means of an ecolocation. Bats do not have good eyesight, especially in the night, so during their flight they rely more on their ears than on sight. Bats send out sound signals and listen to changes in the echo, thanks to this they are guided in the air. Bats are nocturnal animals, probably because in the night it is easier for them to get their food and hide from their opponents. Some bats can navigate at night, but still the majority of the majority go hunting only under the shroud of the night.
  • Bats make up the fourth part of the class of mammals. And this is not an invention. A quarter of all mammals are bats. In the world there are more than 1,100 varieties of these animals.
  • More than 50 percent of the species of bats in the United States are on the verge of extinction. People start taking care of something only when it disappears. Human activity forced many mice to leave their habitats, some of them never found another shelter, others simply did not survive in the new environment.
  • Cold night and you are cold? Then find the bats and learn how to curl up with them. Bats warm themselves even in severe weather with their wings. They wrap the body around their wings and create complete insulation, so a warm mini tent is obtained.
  • Perhaps bats will save millions of people. Scientists have found that the anticoagulant contained in the saliva of bats-vampires can be used in the near future to treat people with heart disease. Scientists around the world are trying to “copy” the enzymes found in the saliva of a vampire bat, in order to treat many heart diseases and prevent heart attacks.
  • Bats produce only one offspring per year.
  • Usual bat, as a rule, lives much longer than a dog. The average life span of a bat is constantly changing, the long-livers are predominantly a species of brown bats that sometimes live more than 30 years.
  • Bats are very clean. In general, bats spend much more time on their appearance than most teenagers spend in front of a mirror. They clean themselves and their partners very scrupulously, licking and scratching themselves for hours.