Bats. They have a bad reputation. They’ll fly in your hair! They’ll suck blood from you! They’ve got rabies! The blood-feeding and rabies myths may have a sliver of truth (only three species of bats feed on blood, and less than 1% of bats carry the rabies virus), but these cute animals are most definitely not interested in flying close to your hair and would much rather eat a piece of delicious fruit or some insects.
Not only are the cute bats none of the things mentioned above, but they are also essential to numerous ecosystems. Fruit bats aid in plant pollination and can reduce the need for pesticides by eating a variety of pest insects and rodents. More than 1,200 different species of bats exist, and each one makes a unique contribution. Scroll down to see how cute bats are! Let’s work together on improving their repuation! Let us know in the comments which one of these is the cutest!