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Environmental AwarenessMy report is on bats I will start my story off by telling you some facts about bats Bat Facts1 Did you know that the worlds smallest mammal is a Bumblebee bat that lives in Thailand It weighs less than a penny2 Vampire bats adopt orphan pups the name for a baby bat and have been known to risk their lives to share food with the less fortunate 3 The African Heart-Nosed bat can hear the footsteps of a beetle walking on sand from a distance of over six feet4 The giant Flying Fox bat from Indonesia has a wing span of six feet5 Disk-winged bats of Latin America have adhesive disks on both feet that enable them to live in unfurling banana leaves or even walk up a window pane 6 Nearly 1000 kinds of bats account for almost a quarter of all mammal species and most are highly beneficial 7 Worldwide bats are the most important natural enemies of night-flying insects8 A single brown bat can catch over 600 mosquitoes in just one hour9 Tropical bats are key elements in rain forest ecosystems which rely on them to pollinate flowers and disperse seeds for countless trees and shrubs 10 Bat droppings in caves support whole ecosystems of unique organisms including bacteria useful in detoxifying wastes improving detergents and producing gasohol and antibiotics 11 More than 50 of American bat species are in severe decline or already listed as endangered Losses are occurring at alarming rates worldwide 12 All mammals can contract rabies however even the less than half of one percent of bats that do normally bite only in self-defense and pose little threat to people who do not handle them 13 An anticoagulant from Vampire bat saliva may soon be used to treat human heart patients 14 Contrary to popular misconception bats are not blind do not become entangled in human hair and seldom transmit disease to other animals or humans
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