If bats are known for anything, it’s for being the only mammals to evolve flight. Some eat fruit, nectar from flowers, or even fish, but a great many make a living snatching bugs out of the air. It turns out, however, that even with the ability to fly, sometimes it’s easier to just walk. Met the pekapeka – the New Zealand lesser short-tailed bat. It’s the only bat I’m aware of that hunts on the ground, scuttling around on the forest floor looking for insects and other things to eat. The males also apparently sing to attract mates.
They’ve had a rough time of it, but apparently conservation efforts are ongoing, and there may be cause for cautious optimism. This video is a couple years old, but they little critters seem to be holding on:
Marvellous clip and creature cheers. This has inspired me to add it to my ever growing list of Ennagered Specie sof teh day / Week posted on fb tonight :
Sources quoted there are here :
and here :
Whilst there’s another funny informative 2 mins long youtube clip on their reproductive strategies here :
As well to hopefully enjoy.
Abe Drayton says
Thanks for that!