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Seabird

Bats

I arrived home yesterday evening to find my cats very interested in something on the doormat.

Assuming it was yet another dead mouse, I picked it up to find it was a little bat.

I had it in the palm of my hand, looking to see if there was any damage, and trying to ascertain if it was still alive, when its little body started to vibrate like a mobile phone. Thankfully, I'd been on a 'bat walk' last year and remembered that we'd been told they do that when they're waking up. It was dusk, so seemed logical that if he was still undamaged, he would shortly take off.

So I stood quietly on the drive for about ten minutes with my hand outstretched, watching his little ears unfurl, and his nose twitch, then suddenly his wings opened and he was gone.

Phew!

This got me thinking. Are bats the only mammal that can fly?  Not just glide from tree to tree like those flying squirrels, but take off under their own steam and stay in the air.
Yorkshire Geordie

Seabird, bats are the only mammal that can fly by their own endeavours.
Some mammals can glide, soar and take aeroplanes but bats are the only ones that can take off and fly as we know it by flapping their wings.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat
Of course, this does not include Batman or Dracula.
Martyn
bodger

The high light of our nights sitting outside apart from a glass of red and good company has to be the bats flitting around our heads. Thankfully we get quite a few.  
Seabird

bodger wrote:
The high light of our nights sitting outside apart from a glass of red and good company has to be the bats flitting around our heads. Thankfully we get quite a few.  


Same here, though this is the first time I've been able to watch  one at very close quarters. Fascinating little creature with a velvety coat. I'm SO glad the moggies didn't kill it. I can't think how they managed to catch it - they must have come across its roost, as it was still firmly asleep. Good job I came home when I did, as they would no doubt have tormented it as it began to stir.
kaz

How lovely to have a bat wake up in your hands - I'm glad you got him away from the cats.
Christine

Eugh - I hate bats ....
Jaycee

Not quite bats, these are flying foxes. There are a couple of thousand in this colony a couple of miles from me.
They are mainly fruit and nectar eaters, but unfortunately are the carriers of a couple of diseases deadly to humans.

sod

Thanks for that I've never seen a real live bat or flying fox. We don't have any kind of foxes here    

What diseases do flying foxes carry?
Seabird

Love your flying foxes Jaycee  

When I last went to Chester zoo we went into a fruit bat colony. You go through double doors into a darkened area and actually walk among them as they're flittering about.   I find them absolutely fascinating (and somewhat larger than our little native bats!)

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