Some people might view bats are terrifying creatures but in reality, that’s not the case. As Green Monsters, we know that many animals are unfortunately given bad reputations because of our misconceptions about them. Most bats pose little or no threat to humans and are actually an incredibly beneficial species to humans.
Bats can eat millions of bugs in one night which means that farmers don’t have to use as much pesticide when bats are around. If that wasn’t enough, bats are also pollinators. Nectar-eating bats are crucial pollinators for over 500 plant species, many of which are ecologically significant. Most flowering plants do not have the ability to produce seeds without being pollinated. When bats drink a flower’s nectar, they subsequently pick up pollen and transfer it as they feed. Pretty cool, right?
But sadly, bat populations are in decline. Many bat species are in danger of extinction due to habitat loss, culls, and fatal white-nose syndrome. White-nose syndrome is a form of fungus that grows on bats when they are hibernating. So far, six million bats have died from this disease.
Thanks to rescues like Far North Queensland Wildlife Rescue, there is hope for these amazing animals. Far North Queensland Wildlife Rescue is a non-profit organization based in Queensland dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of native wildlife. And from the look on this little one’s face, they seem to be doing a great job!
This cutie is an orphaned bat who is receiving all the care and comfort he needs from Far North Queensland Wildlife Rescue.
Instead of fearing bats, we should work to protect them. The first step is to raise awareness about their plight. Please share this post with your friends and family to help us dispel the myths about these wonderful creatures. For more information on
For more information on Far North Queensland Wildlife Rescue and how to make a donation to continue their life-saving missions, click here. We need bats more than they need us, so it’s time we started acting like it!
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