the spectacular life of a microbat
The sun's setting now, so it's almost time to go out. Yesterday, the neighbouring bats caught more beetles than us, but a few days before, we captured a bird! It was such a wonderful treat: it had us set for days. Anyway, I guess we'll be competing with different bats from now on.
September 7, 2013 4:45 a.m.
Well, it's time now for me to get some sleep. The sun is about to rise and it's not a very nice sight.
October 9, 2013 12:05 a.m.
Ghost bats are definitely the top species of any bat, or any animal. Over the years -- many, many years -- we've evolved wings. We're mammals with wings, it's quite extraordinary. Without wings, we would have predators, and would have to constantly watch for them. That's tough to imagine. Also, we hibernate during colder months; our body temperatures drop to reduce energy loss. That's got to be the smartest thing an animal can do. Winter months are so difficult to survive in: abundance of food is low (all our beetles and reptiles are sleeping away, and fruit stops growing). And it gets pretty cold. I've never been awake during winter, but the temperature begins dropping as it approaches and I would not like to be around to see how far it drops. I'm sure it isn't that much, being in the tropics, but I don't want to take any chances. Another really smart adaptation bats have developed is echolocation! We have excellent hearing, and use it for just about everything: navigation, sensing prey, communicating with other bats.
Well, that's why bats are great. Clearly, my oxytocin level is high; I feel really close to my pups and am so happy about them!
Sometimes, I have to go out and gather fruit or small insects for the pups and me. That means I have to leave them in the cave while I go out. trust everyone in the maternity colony, but it's still difficult to leave my babies.
It's only been a couple of weeks, but they're growing so quickly. Their eyes were completely closed and they were hairless little creatures when they were just born. Now their eyes are wide open, their hair is growing -- thinly -- and they must be getting bigger and bigger every second. they can't fly yet, but it's really a matter of only about a week.
But we do what we can, trying as hard as possible to get to our prey before the anything else. And we make the most of the little bit of fruit or tiny insects we can get on days when we aren't as lucky.
I hope the pups don't find too much difficulty in hunting, when their time comes.
Oh but they're developing so quickly! They're wings are so big now, and their hair is all grown in. They're really starting to look like adult bats, but more like miniature versions of us, of course.
Well, it's time for me to get to sleep, these pups are exhausting me!
Anyway, it's time to go out to hunt. It's just rained, which means birds will be out for worms and that gives us a better chance to catch birds! Wish me luck!
Well, I'm just reminiscing those exciting events . . .
See you in two months!