My friend, Jess Schira, has a new book out! We connected a few years ago over her writing about pigs, and she’s been a constant resource for me when I have animal questions. She’s even helped when I’ve worried about my puppy.
If bats are your thing, Jess is your woman! Check out her new book. Say Ana sent you. 🙂
60 Beautiful Bat Facts
A Handy Guide for Writers & the Bat Curious
Did you know that:
Bats could be the key to preventing a worldwide chocolate shortage?
That the U.S. military explored the possibility of using Mexican free-tailed bats during WWII?
In China, bats are a simple of luck, fertility, a long life, prosperity, virtue, and good luck?
That in Slavic folklore it was butterflies, not bats, that turned into vampires?
That the markings on a bat’s wings are as distinctive as fingerprints?
Bats account for 20% of the world’s mammal population?
That one little brown bat consumes more than 600 mosquitos in a single hour?
That in Germany, gamblers used to sew the heart of a bat onto their clothing for good luck?
That bats are more effective seed distributers than birds, making bats a key factor in the reforestation of the rain forests?
You’ll have a difficult time finding a mammal that’s more misunderstood than the bat.
Since the dawn of time, bats and humans have shared an uneasy relationship. Humans have claimed that bats consort with the devil, were proof of witchcraft, and that they morphed into vampires, they’ve been used in medicines and viewed as harbingers of disasters. The reality is that bats are cute, harmless creatures that serve an important ecological purpose. They’re clean, peaceful animals that simply want to be left alone to do their job. Now that researchers have started to take in interest in bats, we’re learning that in addition to helping keep the mosquito population low, they’re also an evolutionary wonder.
Without bats, the world would be a very different, far less pleasant place to live.
Whether you love bats, have always been curious about them, are a writer who wants to include a bat or bat related mythology in your plot, or simply wish to expand your Chiroptera knowledge, 60 Beautiful Bat Facts is for you. You’ll enjoy this laid back and easy-to-read exploration of all things bat-like, including Batman!
60 Beautiful Bat Facts is currently available via Amazon!