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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  • 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.
Bibliography:
Moore, E 1999, The Truth about Bats, Scholastic, New York
Taylor, D 1995, Nature’s Creatures of the Dark, The Book Company, Sydney

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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.
Bibliography:
Animals
1992, Publications International, USA
Cat 9 October 2012, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat>

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