why are bats stigmatized as being creepy?
look at these things
they’re like tiny
but instead of breathing fire they squeak and cuddle
and they have funny ears and noses
I mean really
bats are amazing
In the fifth picture, the bats have White-nose Syndrome. If you’d like to learn more about this disease decimating North American bat populations, check out these links:
In addition to being adorable, bats are critical in maintaining cave ecosystems, which house many other threatened species. They save the U.S. agricultural industry approximately 4 billion dollars in pest control every year, and reduce the need for toxic pesticides. In rainforests, these animals are important pollinators and seed dispersal agents that keep the forest regenerating.
If you want to help bats, read up about them, educate others, volunteer for bat organizations, or donate money to great charities like Bat Conservation International.
I hope everyone comes to love bats as much as I do!