Thank you for entering the Hinterland Who’s Who Bat Contest! We will be doing our random draw on November 1st, so check back to see when we announce the winners!
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Myth 1: False. Any animal has the ability to carry infectious diseases. A very low percentage of bats carry rabies. You can not catch rabies just by being near a bat. Rabies is transmitted via saliva, so you would have to be bitten by a bat to be infected. Learn more >
Myth 2: False. Bats can see both at night and during the day. Bats also use echolocation to help them maneuver and catch food. Learn more >
Myth 3: False. Bats use echolocation to ensure they don’t fly into objects that get in their way. They can spot objects the width of a human hair, so the chances of them touching down in your curls is minimal. If you sense bats around your head chances are you’re standing in the middle of a swarm of flying insects tasty to bats. Learn more >
Myth 4: False. Despite what horror movies might suggest, bats don’t suck blood. Only one species — the Vampire bat, found in Mexico and South America — actually consumes blood. The Vampire bat will pierce the skin of sleeping animals like cows, pigs and horses then lap at the blood. So you’re safe! Learn more >
Myth 5: False! Bats are more closely related to humans than rats and mice. Learn more >
Myth 6: False. Bats like to eat airborne pests like mosquitos. They also provide billions of dollars in insect control for the agricultural industry. Learn more >
Bonus: Echo-location. Learn more >