The misunderstood bat

My dog says he doesn't understand why people get squeamish when they see animals who aren't fluffy and traditionally cute like he is. Bats, for example, are amazing animals who also provide a valuable service to the communities in which they live. There are more than 1,100 varieties, 70 percent of which eat insects (and, therefore, keep towns from being overrun with bugs!).

The Organization for Bat Conservation offers great programs to educate people about the wonders and variety of bats, how to make bat houses, and how to coexist with bats. You can even sponsor a bat!

This Halloween, when you put out that rubber bat as decoration, why not take the opportunity to tell your friends and family about the amazing world of bats. To learn more about these fascinating mammals, you can also visit Bat Conservation International.


  1. Puddy, You would be in Bat Heaven if your mommy took you to Carlsbad Caverns. It's pretty exciting if you wait at the end of the day outside of the cave and all the bats come out at one time. All you can see is this dark cloud of bats. The only bad things is that you end up smelling like bat dung on the way home.

  2. My dogs says...

    We've always wanted to go to Carlsbad Caverns. It sounds amazing.

    Some dogs I know, I won't mention who, DO like to roll around in puppy poo, so they would probably like the bat dung smell. I, however, am much too dignified to do such things.

    Faith rolls around on all her treats before she eats them, though. She cracks me up.

    - Puddy


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