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A mother Jamaican fruit eating bat carrying her baby while flying. Chiroptera, the order of mammals containing bats, means "hand wing". Photo: Bat Conservation International.

A mother Jamaican fruit eating bat carrying her baby while flying. Chiroptera, the order of mammals containing bats, means "hand wing". Photo: Bat Conservation International.

Jamaican leaf-nosed bat. Ever wonder how bats "See" in the dark?     http://www.uhaul.com/SuperGraphics/264/2/Enhanced/Venture-Across-America-and-Canada-Modern/Missouri/Echolocation

Jamaican leaf-nosed bat. Ever wonder how bats "See" in the dark? http://www.uhaul.com/SuperGraphics/264/2/Enhanced/Venture-Across-America-and-Canada-Modern/Missouri/Echolocation

Lesser Long-nosed Bat visiting Saguaro flower at night. Photo:  Merlin D. Tuttle, Bat Conservation International

Lesser Long-nosed Bat visiting Saguaro flower at night. Photo: Merlin D. Tuttle, Bat Conservation International

A colony of wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bats leaving a cave in Thailand. Credit Merlin D. Tuttle/Bat Conservation international

No Time for Bats to Rest Easy

A colony of wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bats leaving a cave in Thailand. Credit Merlin D. Tuttle/Bat Conservation international

Mexican free-tailed bats roosting. Credit Merlin D. Tuttle/Bat Conservation International

No Time for Bats to Rest Easy

Mexican free-tailed bats roosting. Credit Merlin D. Tuttle/Bat Conservation International

No Time for Bats to Rest Easy - NYTimes.comPallas’s long-tongued bat, above, is a valuable pollinator. Hibernating bats are vulnerable to white-nose syndrome, which has killed at least six million of them in North America.

No Time for Bats to Rest Easy

No Time for Bats to Rest Easy - NYTimes.comPallas’s long-tongued bat, above, is a valuable pollinator. Hibernating bats are vulnerable to white-nose syndrome, which has killed at least six million of them in North America.

A pallid bat catching a scorpion for dinner!  Photo: Merlin Tuttle/Bat Conservation International

A pallid bat catching a scorpion for dinner! Photo: Merlin Tuttle/Bat Conservation International

Many bats may have small eyes, and about 70 percent of the species augment their vision with echolocation which helps them hunt at night – but blind? No way. Merlin Tuttle, founder and president of Bat Conservation International, confirms the truth in no uncertain terms: “There are no blind bats. They see extremely well.” So there.

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Many bats may have small eyes, and about 70 percent of the species augment their vision with echolocation which helps them hunt at night – but blind? No way. Merlin Tuttle, founder and president of Bat Conservation International, confirms the truth in no uncertain terms: “There are no blind bats. They see extremely well.” So there.

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