1. Bats are blood thirsty villains. False: “Vampire bats weigh only two ounces, and while these Central and South American natives have been known to bite people, they primarily feed on cattle like a mosquito. "They lick about a spoon's worth of blood, and have an anticlotting enzyme in their saliva that helps keep the blood flowing. That enzyme is being used to develop anti-blood-clotting medication called ... wait for it ... draculin.”
2. Bats are Blind. False: Bats can see as well or better than humans – the bigger bats can see up to 3X better.
3. The world’s smallest bat weighs less than a penny. True: The Kitti’s hog-nosed bat or “Bumblebee Bat” is the smallest bat and maybe smallest mammal in the world.
4. Bats like to fly into your hair. False: They are usually trying to catch mosquitoes that are flying around your head. They are helping you, not trying to hurt you or your new hairstyle.
5. All BC bats eat insects. True: Fruit bats and Vampire bats are not found in BC.
6. Bats feed their babies milk. True: Bats are mammals.
7. Bats fly with their hands. True: See photo of bat skeleton above.
8. Bats are more closely related to you than mice. True: Bats are not rodents.
9. A little brown bat can eat 120 mosquitoes in an hour. True: Yay, for Bats!
10. Some bats can live for over 30 years. True: A study published recently in Science Magazine provides fascinating insight into why the much-maligned bat lives such a long and disease-free life.
The genes of two species of bats were examined by a group of scientists called the “Bat Pack.” The researchers discovered the bats are missing a gene segment that triggers an overwhelming immune response to infection – a response that can be life threatening.
Researchers also learned the bats have an extra large number of DNA repair genes that also play a role in preventing disease.
In addition to avoiding viral infections, bats also don’t suffer from age-related diseases or cancer. Compared to a similar-sized animal like a rat that lives only two or three years, bats live between 20 and 40 years. Researchers theorize this has to do with the ability of bats to fly. For More information: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/339/6118/456?_ga=2.54986603.118422787.1501167544-527703398.1501167544
11. Baby bats are called batlings. False: They are called pups.
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