In case you haven't heard it's international Bat Week.
This week, October 24-31, we celebrate furry flying mammals, learn about their benefits to mankind, and help them survive in our ever changing world.
Did you know these cool facts about bats?
- There are more than 1,300 species of bats on earth, 40 in the U.S.
- Bat wings are webs of skin between their fingers (forelimbs). Bats have more bones in their wings than birds do.
- Bats have "thumbs" on the leading end of their wings that help them grasp and climb. The tropical Spix’s Disk-winged Bat roosts on leaves so he has suction cups where his thumbs would be. Click here to see.
- According to batcon.org, some male bats sing like songbirds to defend territory and attract mates.
- Most bats reproduce very slowly, only one pup per year.
- An amazing number of bat species are threatened with extinction -- even some that live in Pennsylvania.
Happy Bat Week!
Learn more about bats at Bat Conservation International.