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Bats, also known as flying foxes, are in trouble. People don’t want them & their habitat is being destroyed at a rate of knots.

“Bats are primary predators of night-flying insects, including many of the most damaging agricultural pests & others that bedevil the rest of us. More than two-thirds of bat species hunt insects, & they have healthy appetites. A single little brown bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquito-sized insects in a single hour, while a pregnant or lactating female bat typically eats the equivalent of her entire body weight in insects each night.

Almost a third of the world’s bats feed on the fruit or nectar of plants.  In return for their meals, these bats are vital pollinators of countless plants (many of great economic value) & essential seed dispersers with a major role in regenerating rainforests. About 1 percent of bats eat fish, mice, frogs or other small vertebrates.” ~ Bat Conservation International http://www.batcon.org/

Two days ago Bat Conservation International posted a great 3-minute video that shows how the health of our planet & the pollination of much of our food depends upon the free environmental services provided by bats. Without bats we are in serious trouble.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8CkEIz6rdc

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