Bats Are Essential

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…to both Halloween and many ecosystems.  They keep insects under control, pollinate plants, and disperse seeds.  Seventy-five species of bats are endangered or critically endangered due to the usual:  loss of habitat, climate change, disease (in North America white nose syndrome has killed huge numbers and is still spreading), and hunting for food and medicinal use in Southeast Asia.

And Vampire Bats?  The species, living in Central and South America, mostly feed on blood from farm animals and birds.  And the bite doesn’t kill.  The danger comes from the possibility that the bat carries rabies.

Only a small percentage of bats carry rabies.  Raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and cats and dogs are a much bigger rabies threat to humans, although since the advent of widespread vaccinations for pets, there have been very few cases of human rabies in the United States.

You can see my last year’s Halloween bat post here.

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20 responses to “Bats Are Essential”

  1. Jodi says :

    I try to like them….. 🙂

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  2. tequihby says :

    Such a lovely bat

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  3. memadtwo says :

    Lovely freewheeling bat, nice expressive drawing and color.

    Like

  4. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    I love this!! 😃Your bat looks awesome. And the post is so intriguing it made me look them up. I might have to doodlewash a bat now!! 😉👍🏻

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  5. Sunshine Jansen says :

    Such adorable (and useful) ears! I love bats, and they are suffering so much from WNS here where I live, this summer they were a sadly rare sighting. (We had terrible mosquitos too, and every time I spotted a bat, I cheered!)

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  6. Teresa Robeson says :

    I love bats…in real life and your drawing! They’re helpful – both in what you mentioned and also bat guano makes for excellent fertilizer!

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  7. Claudia McGill says :

    I love bats. I love to see them in the summer at dusk. We’ve got a bat house and I think bat homeowners. Love what you did with this drawing.

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  8. Sharon Mann says :

    Thank you for the information about bats. The’ve been given such a bad rap and they are so important to our fragile ecosystem.

    Liked by 1 person

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