What you have known till now about bats was probably wrong. Bats have quite a negative image among humans. While in China they are said to bring good luck and prosperity and many of them in Egypt believed they could cure a wide number of diseases. We have rumours like bats are blind, they are very wild, they can attack us and will suck our blood. This was all because of the myths we had about them. As they are nocturnal and look mysterious that’s why. But we were wrong.
Today we will explain to you and clear you all about all the myths and misconceptions you have in your mind related to bats with the reasons. You might not know that they are the only flying mammal that helps in pollination like honeybees.
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Keep reading to know more about them and get away with your fear.
1. All bats are vampires
One of the biggest myths we have that all bats are vampires and they want to feed on human blood. Well, this does not hold true. Of the world’s 1100+ species, only three are vampire bats, limited only to Latin America. Vampire bats are very small and they don’t attack humans and suck their blood. They prefer to feed mostly on cattle as compared to mosquitoes who feed on human blood.
2. Bats are ugly or dirty
Bats do not look ugly or dirty at all. Most of the bats have very cute faces. Some of them even resemble deer, rabbits or little Chihuahuas. Similar to cats, bats spend most of the time in grooming their furs, keeping them silky and soft.
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3. Bats are completely blind
Since our childhood, we know that bats are totally blind. But this is not true. You know bigger bats can see up to three times better than we humans. Their vision capability varies across species. They have excellent echolocation, which means they make emit sounds to navigate across things so that they have a better idea that where they are going.
4. Bats are flying mice
Bats belong to the group of species known as ‘Chiroptera’ which means hand-wing. They are not related to rodents as they don’t share similar behaviour like them. As, you all know rodents mostly feed on wood, plastic or metal but bat do not as they prefer to feed on pests.
5. Bats try to tangle in your hairs
No! Not at all. Bats do not try to become tangled in your hairs and build a nest over that. In fact, insect-eating bats have an inbuilt sonar system that allows them to navigate through in total darkness at a very spectacular speed. So, if you find any bat swooping around you, they are probably after the mosquito that is hovering above your head. And yes, bats do not build nests at all. Instead, they love to live under already-built structures like caves, walls, trees or ceilings.
6. Bats always hang upside down
No, bats do not always hang upside down. Bats do not dangle pointing towards downward. They frequently are horizontal position while taking rest on the branch of a tree and not vertical. So, all the myths related to bats are busted today. How many of you knew about this?
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