Bats meet strange apes face-to-face


wow - a bat up close         meeting the class 

Three heroic bats came face to face with fascinating animals called ‘humans’ yesterday in a project to raise awareness about these odd creatures. The daring trio were a Noctule named Belinda, a Brown Long-eared bat called Leo and a Soprano Pipistrelle who wishes to remain anonymous. They teamed up with David Endacott of the Oxfordshire Bat Group and Jason Ball at Sheepdrove Organic Farm, and went to visit children at Lambourn Primary School.

Our brave bats enjoyed the day, and learned a lot.

Belinda said, “These people were very friendly, not like what you see on TV. Mr Endacott told them lots about us, how we find food and where we like to live. Most of them were pupils at Lambourn Primary School. They actually put up some new bat houses in the school grounds, which I thought was very kind. I expect the local Pipistrelles would love to move in to one of those boxes. I might think about it, if the moths and beetles living there are big enough!”

 bat box 1        box on tree

Often misunderstood, sometimes feared, humans are most active during the day while most bats are asleep. At first echo, human beings might appear rather pathetic, after all they have such tiny ears, and indeed their hearing is poor. “They can’t echo-locate for toffee,” says Leo, and he should know. They also cannot fly without special machines such as helicopters, and are not capable of hanging onto a wall upside-down for more than a matter of minutes. Read more…

They have a varied diet, consuming hardly any insects at all (how puzzling!) and never eat half their bodyweight in food in a single day. Not even when they are very hungry. Unlike bats, who can tolerate body temperatures from near freezing to well over 40 degrees Celsius in the summer, humans have a very low range of body temperature, usually around 37 Celsius, give or take one or two degrees. Humans cannot hibernate either!

Despite appearances, human beings are actually quite clever creatures, and social animals like bats, living in gatherings of various sizes all over the world. Some bats even argue that humans are an important part of biodiversity and we should try to get along with people. After all, many of us share a home with humans and they play a big part in the state of our local countryside.

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bat on shoulder         listening to a bat with a detector 


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One Response to “Bats meet strange apes face-to-face”

  1. Nikki Says:

    i think bats are amazing and its totally awesome that yall take care of them….i wish i had bats at the same time i dont because they are a little creepy…bu i like what yall do

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