Bats exhibit interesting characteristics, from flying speeds of up to 100 miles per hour to their varying lifespans. While most wild bats live less than two decades, there are exceptions, with a Siberian bat setting a remarkable world record of 41 years!
When it comes to the young ones, babies are called pups, and are fed breastmilk (remember, bats are mammals!) before transitioning to a diet of insects. Most bats give birth to one pup annually, except for one species which births twins. Mother bats form nursery colonies in spring, often within caves, dead trees, or rock crevices.
Bats are also healers and informants for science. Remarkably, about 80 medicines come from plants that rely on bats for survival. Additionally, scientists have studied bats’ use of echolocation to develop navigational aids for the blind.