Being just a couple of days before Halloween, we thought this would be a good time to get to know a little more about that much-maligned symbol of the dark, the bat.
Our initial plan was to interview a few at their annual Bats are Misunderstood Mammals (BAMM) convention, but some of the members were afraid that outsiders couldn’t be trusted to not give away their location. Apparently our multi-species orientation was not enough reassurance.
So we had to speak with them via Skype (no picture). Here’s what we found out:
Cheeseland: So why all the secrecy? This is your big season.
BAAM: You have got to be kidding. We hate Halloween. All it does is popularize the stereotype about bats. We are not scary animals that swoop down in the night to scare people.
CL: Umm. Actually we have seen some bats come down after us.
BAAM: Sorry, our bad. Some of you guys are lizards and birds, aren’t you?
CL: OK, enough of that. Tell us about your good deeds.
BAAM: Well, we eat lots and lots of insects. You guys don’t have insects on staff, do you?
CL: Let’s keep moving.
BAAM (nervously): It’s mainly mosquitoes, everyone hates mosquitoes don’t they?
BAAM: Nectar! We love nectar! We have a huge role in pollination. In fact, the majority of our species eats nectar and fruit.
CL: Really? That’s very interesting. And where do you live?
BAAM (relaxing a little): Oh we live pretty much everywhere, except where it’s really cold. We like relatively enclosed spaces. Since we sleep during the day, we prefer to keep out of the sun.
CL: It seems like a lot of you can live in a small space.
BAAM: Actually, yes. Our bodies are quite small, and we wrap our wings tightly around us.
CL: Does that cause any problems?
BAAM: It causes one of the huge misconceptions about bats. When it gets dark, we want to get outside to eat. So we all try to rush through the same openings. Sometimes it looks like we’re coming out as a horde to cause trouble.
CL: And some bats probably have fly lower than others which is what looks like swooping.
CL: We’re out of time here. We’d like to thank you for sharing your time with us.
BAAM: Thank you for having us.
(Before the connection breaks, we hear a loud bat voice: How many times do I need to tell you? Never do an interview with one of those liberal animal groups! They always make us look bad.)
(all pictures courtesy of Google Images)
13 thoughts on “Bats in the Belfry (and Elsewhere)”
Awwww, batties! Love da batties.
love my Batty friends!
It’s a little strange that I wrote the post. I’m afraid of bats. Particularly since one of them got cold and decided to warm up against my neck one night.
does that make you “Bat Woman”?
Hmmmmm Well, Bats carry rabies in our pawrt of da country, so we avoid ’em at all costs. There are purrlenty of things out there dat can pawllenate da plants and eat da bugs. MOL Big hugs to you all.
Dezi and Raena
Couldn’t agree more. One decided to nap in my hair a few years ago – I guess it was cold. I was terrified.
😁 😁 BAAM convention… your anecdotes are always full of humour and I always learn something eg. never did cross my mind their role in pollination. Thoroughly enjoyed
Thank you. Personally I think they look better with their noses in a flower. 🙂
True indeed 🙂
did you dress up as a Bat this year?
Are you crazy? I thought you knew I’m a cat. And cats don’t need costumes
sorry,it’s just that so many cats have so many cute costumes!