THEY ARE SO RAD
– they are flying mammals. how fucking cool is that? although the mammal world is fairly diverse, only a few types are airborne. most glide, but bats are pretty much the only mammal that flies.
– they can crawl on their front arms
– one word: echolocation. there’s evidence to support that echolocation abilities evolved independently in different bat populations, making some bats more related to non-echolocating (fruit) bats than others. it is common knowledge that natural pressures can produce similar characteristics in disparate populations, but surprising to find that may be the case with super-hearing in bats!
– bat houses! you can put them on your property to attract/keep bats around, just like you would for birds. they have an added bonus of eating a fucking tonne of bugs, and who likes bugs more than bats? JERKS. that’s who. you can get small, birdhouse style huts, or if you have the space, or a large shelter. another positive: by having living space for bats, you’re helping fight their global decline in a small way (disease is responsible for a huge percentage of the decline and adding habitat is unlikely to affect that).
– they can rock themselves to sleep and look all cute. and did you see that ear-wiggling? holy hot dogs, is it ever adorable. and sweet baby jesus, are tiny things ever cute! i want to bottle feed a tiny bat<3
– they eat bugs.
– black isn’t your colour? they also come in white, for advanced accessorization.
– they have an astonishing array of nose shapes.
– flying foxes are so fucking cute, it’s like a joke. i can’t believe it.
– most bats are so small as to be pocket sized, and that is always rad.
– some bats eat fruit. since we both share an animal-product free diet, fruit bats get their own special shout-out. besides, they are the deaf dudes of the bat kingdom and my ears are also working toward deafness. where will the comparisons end? WHO KNOWS
– bats like cuddle parties. i google image searched ‘bats cuddling’ and google said ‘do you mean cats cuddling‘ and i was like NO MOTHERFUCKER I MEAN BATS CUDDLING
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