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A high-flying bat,
Criss-crossed the nation,
Flapping and dodging,
All in the dark...
Never in light,
It’s the latest big news,
It’s such a great flight!
From some cave in New York,
To the wild west coast,
This bat is the greatest!
Says all the blog posts...
But I don’t agree,
It gives me a fright,
I’m scared of the mammal,
That achieves full-fledged flight!
What is a bat?
Bats are the only mammal that can achieve true flight.
Bats are found throughout the world and there are over 1,200 species.
Almost all bats eat only insects or fruit, and only a few eat larger animals. The vampire bat is a parasitic bat that sucks the blood from mammals. Although it can bite humans, they usually feed on livestock animals such as cows or pigs.
The smallest bat is the Kitti's Hog-Nosed bat and it is only about 1-inch long (2.5cm)! (that's why it's known as the bumblebee bat).
The largest bats are the flying foxes from southeast Asia. They can have wingspans up to 5-feet in length (1.5 meters).
Although many people think bats are blind, they are not blind and all. There eyesight isn't acute, but they use echolocation to 'see' clearly even when it's dark outside.