Bats or flying rats as some may call them get a bat wrap. People find them creepy and downright scary. They’re natural reservoir, which means a long-term host of a pathogen of an infectious disease. Disease such as, rabies, histoplasmosis, Henipavirus and possibly ebola virus.
Science aside, throughout history, Bats have played many roles: throughout European cultures Bats have often been associated with black magic and witchcraft. In Western cultures, Bats are often seen as a symbol of the night, including its foreboding nature. In some Native American tribes, Bats are seen as a trickster spirit.
Throughout literature, Bats have been used as symbols of the night for both good and bad, villains such as Dracula and Heroes like Batman.
Although it may seem like Bats are perceived as bad creatures throughout history; like Batman, not all Bats get a bad wrap. According to Chinese folklore, Bats are a symbol of longevity and happiness. They’re also seen as bringers of Luck, in similarly lucky in Poland and among the Kwakiutl and Arabs.
And, like Spiders, although seemingly creepy, Bats do a lot of good. Bats eat mosquitoes and in some cases moths, which Bat Conservation International claims save the global corn industry more than a million dollars a year.
You can go to your local hardware store, such as Home Depot or Lowe’s to pick up your own Bat House.
If you weren’t a fan, I hope you’ve softened just a bit to these furry critters.
I for one find Bats to be very cute…though I will admit I wouldn’t want to find myself face-to-face with one out in the wild.
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