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Sep 19, 2006

The first ever bat on C.O.

We're not against bats here at C.O. headquarters. Really. It's just hard to find a prosh-enough bat to post. Well, those days are over thanks to alert reader Melissa S. Melissa spied this previously "overlooked source of BEF!" from a mile away. I like his little wing nubbins.


Bats off to you <groooooan> Melissa S. ;)

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I love bats!

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 01:51 PM

They're just cute little flying mice! Love them and be nice to them!!

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 01:53 PM

Eep! It's a schweet little face.

Batties get a bad rap. They're pretty darn good at keeping the mosquito population at bay--try installing a bat house on your property.

A thinker
 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 01:54 PM

Oh! I love the reddish muzzle~
Tis a fruit bat, eh?

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 01:54 PM

bats are sooo cool.

love the bats.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 01:55 PM

His little nosey is so shiny - I love bats too (especially when they're all wrapped up in baby blankies looking all adorables and junk).

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 01:55 PM

It's amazing to watch "batrobatics" as they swoop around catching mosquitos. I keep my pets vaccinated for rabies in case they encounter a sick one, but by and large they're wonderful little critters.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 01:55 PM

Awwww, I love the beady-eyed baby bat! His little blankie is so prosh...

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 01:56 PM

We had a whole population of bats living in the mess-hall attic, at one of the summer camps where I used to work. They were our good luck charms & they ruled... except when one would get lost and end up flying around disoriented in a bunkhouse.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 01:56 PM

w00t 10th post :D

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 01:59 PM

Wow. I think a bat is cute. What is the world coming to?! Hee!

Hey, they eat bugs, right? Then bats are my friends.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 01:59 PM

Oh man - I love bats but my sweetie picked up rabies from a cute little brown bat this summer and now I just can't look at them the same way every again!

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:01 PM

If you look at him upside down he looks like a furry Yoda. Snorful, snorful.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:01 PM

InsanityKnocks -- more like InanityKnocks, eh? Sheesh.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:04 PM

Well, he IS very fuzzy. I could snorgle him a little.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:05 PM

Sass... I hope everything is OK. The shots are still nasty, but the alternative...

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:07 PM

Bats are fuzzy gargoyles. I should get one as a pet. He could eat all my skeeters.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:08 PM

FINALLY! I love it. Bats = one of my favorite animals!

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:09 PM

I used to work at an old dairy that had been converted into a nursery with a gift shop upstairs in the barn. I do love bats, I think they're really fascinating and kinda cute in a gargoyley kind of way, but sweeping up their poo, and digging it out of the cracks in the flooring because it's gotten caked in there, isn't really fun.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:13 PM

Yay! A bat on CO! They are so cool to watch. I think it's Austin, TX that has a big bat cave. Some have cute little faces but mostly i like them for their insect eating abilities! No bugs=happy me.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:16 PM

Oooh, look at the pwetty Mr. Batlingtons. Wiff his liddle droopy ears...


 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:16 PM

cute ikkle batty bo

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:20 PM

Do you all know that bats are big carriers of Rabies? Not so cuddly after that. You cannot legally keep a bat as a pet. At least in my area. Check with local conservation department. There are very strict rules about that.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:21 PM

Christine, you're harshing my CO buzz.

Your mom
 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:27 PM

Bat in a blankie? Something's not right here....

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:27 PM

We saw, up close and personal, the tiniest wee ickle bats at the Florida Caverns (in the Panhandle, near Marianna). Touchably close (though of course we didn't, having good bat manners and all).

martha in mobile
 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:28 PM

Christine, lots of animals carry rabies. Here is some info on bats and rabies:


You have a better chance getting killed by a dog than by getting rabies from a bat.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:28 PM

Where is his mommy?

Angela Berry
 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:28 PM

There's Nuffinghams... then there's Eeyores. But wherever evil lurks (however mild and non-threatening it may be), I will be there. Lurking. In a blankie.

- Batman

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:30 PM

er... cape. Make that, in a cape.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:31 PM

I think that's a kevlar cape, T. Whatever he's nestling in, in terms of cuteness he is battng 1000%.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:37 PM

Love, love, love bats. Very anerable, AND they eat mosquitoes! Woohoo!

I woke up to one flying in my bedroom last summer. I threw a towel over him, opened my window, and let him out. Boy, did he screech when I got him! Anyway, it was a happy ending. I don't know why people get freaked out by bats.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:46 PM

That's just freaky, I just this evening went bat-watching!


 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:49 PM

Thanks for the love, MamaDawn - he is okay now, but there were a couple of days when we werent sure if we'd gotten to the doctor too late.

The shots do have the interesting, documented side effect of causing a month-long period of "malaise", which seems to be a codeword for "grumpiness" :)

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:53 PM

[gives Aubrey a double-dewclaws-up salute]

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 02:55 PM

We had one swooping around in the house just 2 nights ago!! Griffin kitty & i chased him & i caught him with a big goldfish net & set him free. he was very cute, but NOT very happy!!

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 03:00 PM

Sass... I thought "malaise" was what husbands got when they turn 50 (at least mine did... serious grumpiness and a very large motorcycle he promply totaled). Glad all is ok now. We like our peeps malaise free.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 03:02 PM

He looks like he's chewing on the edge of his blankie. Do bats teethe? :)

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 03:03 PM

There was always this chirping outside my old house at night and I used to sigh happily and think "cicadas." Then my vet said, no, it's bats. And they all have rabies. *shudder*

I still think they are adorable, but, like adorable fluffy spiders (whom I love), I think I will keep my distance.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 03:04 PM

fear not the bat; you are more likely to get food poisoning from the potato salad at the company picnic than get rabies from a bite.

let's not propogate the bat hate.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 03:05 PM

awwwww! little bat-ling!

*pets very carefully*

I saw a very little batbaby at the zoo - it looked like a wrinkly wet leather glove until they took it out to feed it from a little syringe! slurp slurp!

Then they tucked it back into its little blankie basket, and it rustled around a bit and then stuck one teenytiny claw out to grip the edge of the basket. Cuz it just felt better with feet up and attached to something!

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 03:08 PM

Also, interesting bat-baby fact...Mommy bats usually hang upside down, but when they give birth they turn right-side-up, hang by their little wing-nub-thumbs, and then squirt the baby out and catch it with their feets!

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 03:09 PM

MD - Mostly he just announces "Hey! I'm rabid!" in a petulant tone of voice when he doesn't want to do something :)

And I think it's a pretty reasonable proposition to think that bats are awesome/cute'n'fuzzy/beautiful wild animals and still keep in mind that if you are bitten you have to go to the doctor immediately. It's totally possible to have it both ways...

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 03:14 PM

Eeeeeeee! Baby fruit bat! Yaaaay!

I love bats! bats bats bats! Oh, and the Austin, TX bats live under a bridge, actually, not a cave.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 03:19 PM

I can't tell you how happy I am to finally see a baby batty on CO! I worked with flying foxes in Australia (Austrop -- http://www.austrop.org.au ) and I can tell you that these are some of the most intelligent, curious, and beautiful animals I have encountered. For more baby batty goodness -- http://www.austrop.org.au/batties/babybatty.htm .

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 03:21 PM

I loved seeing the eensy weensy brown bats in Mammoth Caves in Kentucky. They were no bigger than my thumb. So cute!
This guys eyes are amazing! Buggy buggy, where's his buggies?

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 03:25 PM

There is a well known bat cave betwixt Austin and San Antonio- Bracken Cave. (closer to San Antonio)

Has the largest population of warm blooded animals - in the world . 20 million Mexican freetail bats. They show up on the weather radar at night.

Plus there are many, many other large colonies of bats through out Texas. Given that we STILL have tons of bugs and skeeters, I can't imagine how bad it would be without our bat-ly friends.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 03:36 PM


Wing nubbins!!!! xD

Shannon L.
 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 03:37 PM

fatal fluffy, what bizarre but cute little bats on your link! More wonders of our diverse planet. That yawn in December looks more like a Tasmanian devil than a bat.

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 03:39 PM

omg, look at their HANDS!
The pics on your link are fascinating, fatal fluffy.

Simply incredible creatures!

 |  Sep 19, 2006 at 03:49 PM

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