3 Fun Facts About Bats!

I’m thinking of an animal. It’s small,
and furry. It can be pretty cute. And it flies around at night. Can you guess what animal it is? That’s right! I’m thinking about bats! Some people think bats are scary. Maybe because
they only come out at night. Or maybe because sometimes they live in dark places. Or maybe
it’s because some species of bats, called vampire bats, survive by drinking blood. But you probably won’t ever run into a vampire
bat. Only three species of bat are blood drinkers. The rest of them, over 1,200 species, eat
fruit, nectar, bugs, and other small animals. If you ask us, bats are totally awesome! Here
are just three of our favorite things about them! To start, some bats can hear their way in
the dark! That’s because they don’t rely on their
eyes, like we do. Instead, these bats use sound to find their way around Have you ever yelled into a big empty room,
or a canyon, and heard your own voice shout back at you? That’s called an echo. The sound of your
voice moves across the room, to the walls, and then bounces back to your ears. And as a bat flies through the night, it does
something really similar. It makes a sound, and then carefully listens for the echo. And the way the echo comes back can tell the
bat a lot about what’s around it. This special skill is called echolocation. If the echo comes back quickly, that means
there must be something pretty close to it, because the sound only traveled a short way
before bouncing back. But if the echo takes a long time for the
sound to bounce back, then the bat knows that the object is further away. Bats can tell not only how far away something
is, but also how big it is, and how fast it’s moving, all from using echolocation! And since bats are constantly using echolocation
to figure out the world around them, you’ll often see them flying around with their mouths
open, to keep making sounds to bounce back. Another thing we like about bats? They really
like to hang out! Bats hang upside down in quiet, dark, hidden
places like the roof of a cave or the underside of a bridge. But how? When I hang upside down from the
monkey bars, after a while I start to feel like my head’s going to explode! Bats can hang for a long time, because their
bodies are built for life upside down! The little pathways in their bodies that blood
moves through, called arteries, have special valves in them that only let blood through
one way. As the bat’s heart beats, the blood has
to keep moving through its body in just one direction. That keeps the blood from getting
stuck in the bat’s head when it’s hanging upside down. That’s a pretty neat trick. But you know
another thing that’s easy to like about bats? They make really great moms. Bats usually have one baby, called a pup,
in a year. At the beginning of a pup’s life, it clings
to its mother’s belly all the time, while the mom wraps her wings around it. Maybe we should stop calling good snuggles
“bear hugs” and start calling them “bat hugs”! And thousands of moms and their pups can live
together in a huge group, called a nursery. Even when it’s cold outside, the nursery
stays warm, because of all those bats hanging close together. Plus, when mom needs to go out to find food,
she can just drop her baby off at the nursery with the other moms and pups. When she comes back, you might think it’d
be hard to find her baby again. I mean, there are thousands of pups that look just like
hers! But bats and their pups can recognize each
other by their smells and their voices. So when a pup calls out, the mom can fly right
to it It would be like trying to find your family
in the middle of a crowded amusement park, except all of the other kids at the park are
calling out for their parents, too! So what do you think? Aren’t bats scary-cool?
They have super sensing abilities, they can hang out upside down, and they’re marvelous
moms. Do you have a question about animals, or anything
else, that you’d like to learn more about? Get help from a parent, and leave a comment
below or email us at [email protected], and we’ll see you next time!

100 thoughts on “3 Fun Facts About Bats!

  1. Just uploaded the my first video to a series i'm started known as "A World Without". Basically we will be speculating what our world would be like without certain animals, people, places, objects, etc. The video is called "What Would A World Without Bats Be Like?" feel free to check it out if your interested.

  2. Didn’t you say at the start of the vid that three species of bats are blood sucker and the rest eat fruit, insects and some thing else so that should be 4 facts about bats also it was a good and helpful vid

  3. I love bats and this vid thank you so much I am also making a video game where you are a bat looking for fruit in a cave called "Super Cave" by CapCel Games check it out!

  4. My grandson is not yet 3 and has this fascination for science. He started with dinosaurs. Then got bored because he knew all their names. Now he is into science . Then it was volcanos. He says he is going to go into the earth. He says he needs a machine because they cleverer than humans. He will go into a volcano. Then he knew everything about black holes. Now he is telling us everything about the planets and what each one does. I don’t know any other child like him. I believe he is a baby genius…..sciences. I believe he has something special to accomplish upon this earth . He puts on the iPad and watches adult documentaries on sciences and medicines. At age 1 year 2 months he could say the full alphabet. The crèche says they have never had a child like him. Thank you for all these videos. He can sit for 3 hours at a time concerntrating and just learning. He watches cartoons here and there . His first words were fire and light. He continued with these words for a long time.

  5. Why do bats hang upside down? (Lara) Why do bats have echolocation? (Carter) How do bats know what objects they're near? (Sam) How do bats smell? (Ella) Why are bats noctunral? (Natalie) How do bats not get blood in their head ? (Matthew) What happens when the mom has a baby, but another baby has the same-sounding call/voice? (Maya)

  6. Mom: what was your favorite part of the show?
    4 yo: um… those wittle cute babies! 🤗

    Thanks for great content for kids!

  7. The host does a fantastic job! She speaks kind of fast but i like it because its a nice change of pace from others on youtube that are way too slow.

  8. jessy i hava a question how can bats and bees and wasps an other tipes off flying animels or ensecks fly
    p.s your vids ar awsom

  9. Good information but please slow down your speech. You talk so fast it's difficult for my students to hear and process all of the information. Thanks!

  10. I love your episodes. But you talk to fast for little kids to keep up with the information given. You may try to speak slower to help the children to understand. Thank you.

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  12. A lot of great information. I teach ELL students and they can't comprehend when the talking is so fast. Any chance this could be slowed down?

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