Many people think of bats as disease carrying,
symbols of evil. This couldn't be further from the truth. Bats
are no more likely to carry disease than the average bird and
are actually very gentle creatures. In fact bats are an extremely
important part of our southwest desert ecosystem. Did you know
that a single little brown bat can eat over 600 mosquitoes in
less than an hour and that the saguaro and organ pipe cactus
rely on bats for pollination?
All bats do not carry rabies. It is important
to note that all animals can get rabies. Only one out of every
200 bats ever get the disease. Even when infected with rabies,
bats will only bite in self-defense.
Some people believe bats are blind. They're
not. Also, they do not get tangled in women's hair and very seldom
ever transmit disease to other living creatures. They do however
eat tons and tons of harmful insects that feed on food crops.
If people don't have respect for bats, they
could easily become extinct. Bats don't have a lot of babies
like rabbits and mice do. Mother bats have only one baby each
More than half of all American bats are threatened
or endangered. Bats in other countries are in trouble too. If
bats are going to survive it is important for us to learn about
them and respect what they do for our environment.