Today is the Internatioal Year of the bat,and knowing something or the other is our minimum duty,as we share this planet with them.
Bats are generally are the flying mammals..!! It is soo shocking that there are about 1,240 species of bats…..wow that some amount of number is’nt it..!!
WHERE DO THEY EXACTLY LIVE IN THE WORLD:
Bats can be found in almost every part of the world except where it is very, very hot or in the really cold areas and on some remote islands. They live on all continents except Antarctica. You can find more species of bats (different kinds) where the weather is nice and warm. Those warm spots are near the equator and are called the “tropics” and “rain forests.”
On islands that are far from continents, there are only a few species of bats. That’s because it’s too far for most bats to fly this great distance to reach those islands.
KINDS OF HOMES THEY HAVE:
Many bats find trees to be the perfect place to roost and spend time taking care of their babies. Some bats actually live under big leaves and by using camouflage they can hide from harm and danger. There are other bats that roost under the bark of trees, while still others just hang from the branches
Perhaps the place where most people think bats live is in caves. And a lot of bats do find these big underground caverns a perfect place in which to raise their babies and to sleep during the day. Bracken Cave in Texas has close to 20 million Mexican Free Tail bats living there.
At times bats may use houses or buildings as a roosting site. Even though these places are not as good as their natural habitats, these man-made structures do offer them protection and are much like their preferred roosts.
Wherever there is a bridge, there might also be bats living under it. Even the noise of a busy road overhead doesn’t seem to scare them. As the sun sets, they begin their night flight out to look for food. It’s a beautiful sight to see.
Some bats may find old mines that are no longer being used and set up their colony there. People often like to explore these mines and when they do, they disturb the bats. Putting a heavy grate at the mine opening protects the bats. Not all mines are good for bats. They must be like the caves in which bats also live.
SOME MYTHS ABOUT BATS:
ARE BATS BLIND….??
No, bats are not blind and many can see very well. Insect-eating bats depend on sound and very good hearing to find food and to get around in the dark. So don’t say, “…as blind as a bat” because it is not true!
DO BATS GET CAUGHT IN YOUR HAIR?
If bats can find tiny insects in total darkness, would they
get tangled up in your hair? No! They are much too smart to fly
BATS ARE FLYING MICE, RIGHT?
While both bats and mice are mammals, bats are not rodents and are more closely related to primates and people. Besides…mice can’t fly!
ARE BATS DIRTY AND DO THEY ALL CARRY RABIES?
Bats are very clean and groom themselves just like cats. Bats can get rabies, like all mammals, but few ever do. Remember, bats are wild animals. You have nothing to fear if you never touch a bat.
OTHER MAMMALS CAN FLY LIKE BATS, RIGHT?
Some mammals, like the flying squirrels can glide, but bats are the only mammals that can really fly. There are many different ways bats fly. Some can hover like hummingbirds while feeding on nectar, and a few flying foxes can soar in the air like eagles.
BATS ARE WORTHLESS ANIMALS.
Bats are very, very helpful! They help control the insect population, reseed cut forests, and pollinate plants that provide food for humans. Bats also taught us about sonar. Bacteria in their guano is useful in improving soaps, making gasohol and producing antibiotics, besides being a fertilizer.
THEIR USE TO THE HUMANS:
Many bats are trulyvery helpful to people.
Some bats help control the insect population.
Don’t want mosquitoes?
A single little brown bat can catch 600 Mosquitoes
in just one hour.
Bugs bugging you?
The 20 million Mexican free-tail bats from Bracken Cave, Texas
can eat 250 tons of insects in a night!
With bats eating all those insects, this means fewer chemicals and poisons will be used on crops, and that’s healthier for all of us!
Certain Bats are helpful to farmers.
A colony of just 150 big brown bats can aid farmers by eating up to 18 million or more rootworms each summer.
This saves crops from damage, and
makes more food available at the market.
Many bats spread seeds for new plants and trees.
Tropical bats are important to rain forests. They pollinate flowers
and drop seeds for many trees and bushes.
In the wild, important plants, from bananas and mangos to nuts, dates and figs,
depend upon bats for pollination and seed dropping.
In the southwestern part of the United States, nectar-feeding bats
are the main pollinators of the giant saguaro cactus.
By helping to rebuild cut forests, bats are also making sure
other animals continue to have homes, shelter and food.
The Vampire bat might help scientists.
The saliva from the vampire bat is being studied to see if someday
a new medicine can be found to help people with heart problems.
WE HUMANS ARE VERY VERY SELFISH AS WE ALREADY KNOW IT……!!
THERE ARE MANY COMPLICATIONS WHICH WOULD ARISE IF THE CRETURES WHICH WE HAVE BEEN LIVING SINCE MILLION OF YEARS WITH US JUST VANISH…….SOO IT IS OUR PRIMARY DUTY TO PROTECT THEM…
I just hope that a blog like this,precious half hour I spent to write this blog, the upcoming danger that scientists are warning about(about the extinction of the species on the planet earth), and many more would just make you think about the planet you are living on and to care for the co-organisms of this planet…