Through appearances in scary stories, we’ve come to fear bats. That’s despite the fact they help with pest control and rarely threaten humans. Dress as a bat for Halloween if you like, but know they are our friends.
All the flying mammals in the world are bats: the pollinators, the blood-sippers, and the insect-eaters. In Northern California, most bats spend their nights hunting down the kinds of insects people regard as pests. Reporter Sarah Reith tells us more about these voracious nighttime creatures.
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