Most people know and recognize bees for their pollination abilities, but there is a lesser known pollinator that rarely gets credit for their important work: bats. Bats help pollinate many of the fruits and vegetables we love, like dates, avocados, and mangoes. Sadly, instead of celebrating bats for helping make all these awesome foods possible, many people are afraid of bats and some even support efforts to cull these animals.
Why is this? Well, primarily because bats are very misunderstood. We often associate these animals with their media portrayals and characterizations – c.f. Dracula and all the other “blood sucking” evil bat-like creatures, and as a result people develop negative connotations with bats and don’t feel the need to protect them.
Unfortunately, the world’s bat populations are in danger of extinction as a result of habitat loss, disease, and climate change. So while we might be afraid of bats, a world without them would really be scary.
Thankfully, there are amazing people stepping in to save the bat population – like the awesome rescuer in this video. Baby bats require a lot of specialized care and attention and keeping their delicate body temperatures just right can be daunting. In the YouTube description, the bat’s caretaker explains, “We try and replicate mother raised behavior as closely as possible and in the wild, mum keeps her baby tucked up under her wing for both protection and warmth.”
We might not all be able to care for injured baby bats like this woman (and you should NOT unless you are professionally licensed), but we can help protect bats by raising awareness for their plight. Share this video and encourage others to learn more about this struggling species!