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SIDEBAR ONLY - Bat Facts

We all know that bats can be creepy to some, but here's some facts about bats that you may not know.

  • The longest known life span of a bat in the wild is 33 years for a little brown bat.
  • Bats are the only mammals capable of flight.
  • Almost 1,000 bat species can be found worldwide.
  • Bats make up a quarter of all mammal species, and are the second largest family of mammals, just behind the rodent family.
  • Less than 1% of bats contract rabies, and they usually only bite people in self-defense.
  • About 50% of American bat species are threatened or endangered.
  • Some free-tail bats have been known to fly up to 2 miles high and at speeds of up to 50 mph.
  • Weighing less than a penny, Thailand's bumblebee bat is the smallest mammal in the world.
  • During WWII, American military personal tried unsuccessfully to train bats to drop bombs.
  • While they are not found in the United States, the vampire bats of Central and South America have fewer teeth than any other bat because they do not need to chew their food.

(Source: Wild Birds Unlimited)

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