Posted by: JulieAloha | June 7, 2017

365 Gratitude Project – Day 158: Bats 🦇 

June 7, 2017

As I scratch a huge mosquito bite, I’m grateful for bats who eat the pesky bugs. In our area we have quite a few batty species, but some of the most common are the little brown and big brown bats. These are helpful little creatures which are insectivores and help keep insect levels under control. Despite fears to the contrary, they rarely carry rabies and they don’t bite people. Lately the little brown bat has been hit with the “white nose syndrome” which has devastated bat colonies in the East. If you see happen to see a bat and you think it is in distress but it does not show outward injuries, if it’s not in immediate danger just leave it alone – they are timid little creatures and prefer to remain unseen – you can keep an eye on it from a distance, but it may take off on its own once it feels secure. If you do find an injured bat, don’t touch it unless it’s in an unsafe area; contact a local bat rescue and they can assess whether the animal needs to be secured or left alone – it’s usually preferable to leave wild creatures in the wild if at all possible. 

You can help bats by placing bat boxes on or near your home – a safe place for them to roost during the day. 

The two bottom pics are of a tropical species – the Indian Flying Fox on the left and the Malayan Flying Fox pictured right – these guys are mainly fruit eaters; I love their sweet foxy faces. 

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