FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009
Our relative, the bat (the only flying mammal), eats 50 percent or more of its weight every night. Imagine a man of 180 pounds eating 30 pounds of food at each of his three square meals each day! For most of the bats in the eastern United States, the food of choice is insects. But in other parts of the world, bats feed on fruit, spider, fish – even other bats!
The largest bat is the flying fox of Asia and Australia with a wingspan of 6 inches and weighing in at 2 grams, about the weight of a dime. They feed on insects and can hover like hummingbirds. Not discovered until 1974, deforestation has now reduced them to being one of 12 most endangered species on the planet.
Posted 1:51 PM