But bats are essential to the web of life as pollinators and pest controllers and it’s time we take action for them! The most important thing you can do to help bats is to love them.But, let’s not blame this nocturnal animal for our very human fear of the dark.Now, there are some species of vampire bats in Central and South America.
While any wild animal has the potential to contract rabies or other diseases, bats are no more likely carriers than a raccoon or a squirrel.
No need to worry about a bat finding its way around. The time you spend straightening and curling your hair has paid off, you look fabulous.
But trust us—no bat, ever, has voluntarily decided to dive into your locks.
Bats are equipped with spectacular navigational capabilities that allow them to fly through the dark and catch tiny insects.
They are 100% able to steer clear of your coif, unless you are harboring mosquitos in your hair, in which case you can thank the bat for taking care of that for you.
They make small incisions in animals and lap up blood; however, they do not usually target people and they most definitely do not do the work of Dracula. Some bats use echolocation, a sophisticated sonar system that most certainly puts our best map apps to shame.Fruit bats, like the Indian flying fox, have large eyes and are able to see fruits and flowers in the dark.We aren’t saying vampires don’t exist, especially in the Pacific Northwest’s murky rain forests (ahem, Forks), but we can guarantee that bats are certainly not going to drain your blood or hypnotize your girlfriend.The tradition of associating bats with vampires and other monsters has been around for a very long time.Like any wild animal, it is best not to touch them. Bats voluntarily eat up to 600 mosquitos an hour, while you are sleeping, protecting us from malaria, West Nile Virus, dengue and yellow fever. Their populations are under threat across the continents, including right here in North America.Fruit bats also play an essential role in their environment as flower and fruit tree pollinators. For too long the urgency of this problem has been ignored because bats are less popular and less understood than some of the other charismatic animals at the center of many conservation campaigns.