Day 143: Shishmish the Pipistrelle

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pipistrelle is the smallest bat species in Europe. It has a jerky, erratic flight, flickering its wings rapidly as it pursues its prey. The jerky flight of the pipistrelle gave rise to the ancient name for bats - flittermouse (source). So that's why they call bats šišmiš in Croatia!

Note: miš = mouse and you pronounce šiš as in shish kebab. Isn't Shishmish the cutest name ever? :) And now I'm hungry for some Eastern food...

Day 142: Kitty the Hog-nosed Bat

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kitti's hog-nosed bat is a vulnerable species of bat and also the smallest mammal in the world (measured by length). Kitty is made more or less the same size as in real life, which is 3-4 cm. Isn't it just the cutest bat species? :)

Day 141: The Horseshoe Bat

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Interesting fact: The horseshoe bat has a fleshy facial structure, also known as noseleaf, which is shaped as a horseshoe. This enhances echolocation, a process that the bat uses to navigate distance and locate prey. The bat makes noises that vibrate and amplify through the nostrils and off the noseleaf, then travels and bounce off surrounding objects, giving the bat direction and leading it to insects to eat (source). How cool!

Day 140: The Wrinkle-lipped Bat

Monday, October 20, 2014

Creepy fact: Although wrinkle-lipped bats aren't threatened, overharvesting of this species for food in Southeast Asia is leading to significant population declines (source).

Day 139: The Indian Flying Fox

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I'm making a Halloween garland of different bat species. The first one is an Indian flying fox.

Creepy fact: Like other fruit bats, the Indian flying fox has been found to act as a natural reservoir for a number of diseases including Ebola, rabies, and corona viruses. These can prove fatal to humans and domestic animals (source).
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