Animal Bat

Bats swoop in the dark, sleep in the light, but these bats don’t hit a ball, they eat bugs. In other words, here is ten facts about the animal bat.

  • There are approximately 1000 different varieties of bats in the world.
  • The largest bat is the Flying Fox while the smallest bat is the Bumblebee bat.
  • Bats use ultrasonic, echolocation sounds to find their way around in the dark.
  • Bats fly at night instead of during the day, so that they don’t dry up from the heat of the sun.
  • Bats are the only mammals that can fly.

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Jamaican Fruit Bat
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  • Some very deep caves contain 20 million bats.
  • Some bats’ daily diet are insects, other bats eat fish and another group of bats eat fruit. The vampire bat even eats or drinks blood.
  • Bats live for an average of 15 years.
  • A mother bat can smell and tell which bat is hers by the baby bat’s (or pups as they are called) smell and voice.
  • Bats have muscles in their ears that block out the extra loud sounds of their echolocation – the sound could possibly deafen them.
Moore, E 1999, The Truth about Bats, Scholastic, New York
Taylor, D 1995, Nature’s Creatures of the Dark, The Book Company, Sydney


Domestic Cats

House cats are tame little creatures but don’t let them escape and become feral! These 10 facts stick closer to the cuddlier side!

  • Cats have amazing night time vision but can’t see in complete darkness.
  • Cats communicate vocally by growling, meowing, purring, trilling, hissing and grunting.
  • Male domestic cats live to be 12-14 years old while females live to be a year or two older.
  • The hooked papillae on cats’ tongues is used to clean and groom their fur.
  • A domestic cat’s litter size averages from 3-5 kittens.
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  • There are over 80 different cat breeds.
  • A special coating on a cat’s eye called tapetum lucidum, helps cat’s eyes to glow and see in the dark.
  • Cats have many interesting properties. Cats have strong, flexible bodies and quick reflexes. They also have sharp claws and strong teeth.
  • A cat’s heart beats from 120-140 beats per minute.
  • There are approximately 220 million domestic cats worldwide.
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