Dubbed as blood suckers and disease carriers, bats often have a bad reputation that is largely undeserved. On top of that, their association with the novel coronavirus only makes their bad reputation even worse. As you can see, they’re getting a pretty bad rap right now. While it’s true that these flying mammals carry high profile pathogens that are deadly, they actually can’t pass diseases to humans if we just leave them alone. In fact, we have more reasons to be thankful for them than to be afraid of them.
These winged creatures play an important role in maintaining the health of global ecosystems. As pollinators, these mammals help pollinate flowers and spread plant seeds to allow new plants and trees to grow. Aside from pollination and seed dispersal, they also feed on insects and pests which are beneficial to crops and to farmers as well. Their absence would lead to substantial ecological consequences such as crop failure and economic damage. But if these facts didn’t change the way you look at them, then let these adorable photos do the talking.
Adorable Photos of Bats That Will Change The Way You Look At Them
Bats Queensland is a volunteer organization dedicated to rescue and rehabilitate flying foxes and microbats in Southeast Queensland, Australia. Their goal is to rescue orphans and the sick and injured until they’re ready to be released to the wild. Furthermore, the non-profit organization aims to educate the public on the essential roles of the creatures in our ecosystem. All while dispelling the myths that have surrounded them.
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#Repost @batsrule ??? ? Our laws failed these endangered flying-foxes at every turn. On Saturday, Cairns council will put another nail in the coffin https://theconversation.com/our-laws-failed-these-endangered-flying-foxes-at-every-turn-on-saturday-cairns-council-will-put-another-nail-in-the-coffin-141116 Penny van Oosterzee ” On Saturday, Cairns Regional Council will disperse up to 8,000 endangered spectacled flying-foxes from their nationally important camp in central Cairns. The camp is one of the last major strongholds of the species, harbouring, on average, 12% of Australia’s remaining spectacled flying-foxes. But after recent catastrophic declines in spectacled flying-fox numbers, moving them from their home further threatens the species survival. Yet, the federal environment minister approved the dispersal last month under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) – Australia’s key environment legislation for protecting threatened species, and currently under a ten-year review. This planned dispersal – which the council says is in the interests of the species – is set to conclude a long series of controversial management actions at the site. The EPBC Act failed to protect the species at every turn. The camp may now be non-viable for the flying-foxes. Decline of the rainforest specialist Spectacled flying-foxes are critical for pollination and dispersing fruit in Australia’s Wet Tropics, and so underpin the natural values of this world heritage-listed region. But habitat destruction and harassment largely caused the species’ population to drop from 250,000 in 2004 to 75,000 in 2017. Subsequent monitoring has, so far, shown no sign of recovery. In late November 2018, another 23,000 bats – a third of the population – died from heat stress. It marks the second largest flying-fox die-off in recorded history. Today, the camp is not only home to a big portion of the species, but also around 2,000 pups each year. . . . @get_repost #BatsRule #Megabat #Flyingfox #bats #bat #fruitbat #foxbat #wildlife #wildliferescue #wildlifephotography #fledermaus #batsofinstagram #batsofaustralia
And to show the world how cute and harmless they actually are, the organization shares photos of their adorable ‘patients’ on their Instagram page. Up close, you can see these lovely creatures hanging upside down, comfortably cloaked in blankets, napping and feeding. We’ve picked out the cutest photos to show that they’re not as terrifying as they are often wrongly depicted.
Photos like this one inform people to. For example this one highlights how dangerous barbed wire can be.
This is Daphne who is all cozy while recovering
but Rudi is just hanging around after an injury
Fallen is being so good while his dressing was being changed
and, this newborn is just adorable!
Here, we have a Little Button showing off his wings
while this baby has his wings closed and it looks like he is giving himself a hug!
This little one called Daniel has the cutest face
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PLEASE HELP feed the Far North Queensland Spectacled Flying Fox orphans by making a donation. #donateforthebabybatscairns (Link in bio or check IG accounts mentioned below) … The devastating heat stress event in late November has decimated the entire population of an already vulnerable species by one third! Bat care groups and wildlife carers in the affected areas, like @thebathospital, @reptileartist, @BatReachKuranda have worked hard trying to save the lives of as many orphans as possible in the aftermath of the heat wave. With at least 900 juvenile Flying Foxes currently in care all up, these brave wildlife warriors urgently need some financial support to cover the cost for fruit to feed their little charges over the next couple of weeks, until they can be released back into the wild. Each Flying Fox orphan needs about 300 g of fruit per day and thus, we are talking more than 250 kg of fruit per day to feed everyone! Imagine the workload alone to organise these amounts of fruit and to cut it all up ready for feeding … and this after weeks of bottle feeding the little bubs around the clock! These carers have already given so much, thus, please make a donation, so they don’t need to worry about the finances and give those orphans a second chance of life! #helpsaveourwildlife #flyingfox #orphanedwildlife #spectacledflyingfox #savealive #savethebabybats #batsofaustralia #gooddeed #batsqld
And, Wallen looks like he is smiling even after he was injured on barbed wire.
Now, you can see that these flying creatures are not as scary as you thought. Which cute photo is your favorite?
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