I love bats — they’re almost as glamorous as squid. So I am greatly dismayed to learn that there is a virulent bat illness spreading out of the northeast US, a serious die-off that has as one of its symptoms a fungal growth that has led to calling it “white nose syndrome”. Bats are behaving oddly, starving to death, and dropping dead.
Earlier I was complaining about the limited imaginations of television executives, who do such a poor job of translating science to the screen. Here’s a story full of drama and tragedy, with photogenic stars (the bats!) and scientists doing real, serious investigative work to solve a mystery. Wouldn’t that make for great television if done well?