Fun Fact April 17, 2020.
17 April 2020
Today in National Bat Appreciation Day. Before you go all weird on me and condemn all bats because of Covid-19, allegedly caused by someone eating a bat, let me give you some positive bat facts. There are over 1,200 species of bats in the world. Bats are the only true flying mammals. Flying squirrels don’t actually fly, they glide. Bats come in all sizes, from the Giant Golden Crown Flying Fox with a wingspan of over five feet to the Bumble Bee bat that weighs less than a penny. Bats are very clean animals, cleaning themselves constantly. Most bat species eat insects. A small brown bat, one of the species that live in our area, can eat nearly 1,000 mosquitoes per hour. In a six to eight hour night, multiplied by thousands of bats, that’s a lot of bugs. If you like bananas, avocados or mangos thank a bat because those plants are pollinated by bats. If you’re a tequila fan, you need to thank a bat because they also pollinate the agave plant used to make tequila. Three U.S. states have an official state bat. Texas and Oklahoma named the Mexican Free-Tailed bat their state bat, and Virginia dubbed the Virginia Big-Eared bat their state bat.