Check out the picture of this woolly bat. Doesn’t he (she?) look kind of cute? Not that I’d really want one for a pet, as it would drive the dog nuts. Besides, despite the cobwebs that I really need to clean off the basement ceilings, I don’t know if we really have enough spiders to keep this little bat from going hungry.
I couldn’t help thinking of a friend of mine who is terribly afraid of spiders, though. I wonder what she’d think of having some woolly bats around to keep the spider population down. (Of course, if there weren’t so many spiders, what would happen to all the insects that the spiders eat?)
As far as I can remember, I’ve never encountered a bat. For all I know, I could have come near some, but didn’t notice in the dark (and with their ability to echolocate, it’s pretty hard to just bump into one). I do remember one zoo or museum that had a bat exhibit, but of course it had to be in the dark (they used some kind of non-white light, maybe infrared, so they we could see them), so I can see why there are not more such exhibits.
I suppose I find them interesting in part just because I have had such little exposure to them. I’ve seen the usual zoo animals and farm animals dozens of times. I’ve seen insect collections (including live insects), reptile collections, and various sea animals. But I have to go to the internet to see a bat collection.