For International Bat Appreciation Day, we wanted to take a moment to highlight at these unique creatures. Some common (and incorrect) myths about bats include;
- Bats get tangled in your hair: Bats are very agile and don’t like to interact with humans.
- Bats suck blood: Out of the more than 1,300 bat species, only 3 are known to drink blood. (Don’t worry they prefer chickens to humans) Vampire bat saliva has even been used to create medication to prevent strokes in humans.
- All bats are rabid: Bats, like many mammals, can be infect with rabies; but the majority of them are not. You still should never handle a bat, or any wild animal.
The little brown bat is a species of bat common in our home state of Michigan, and throughout the United States. Their diet consists of insects and they can eat half their body weight every night Below you can download the free little brown bat templates we have created. The template comes with two bats (one laying and one spread out) and an alternate variety of the laying bat that includes tree bark.
We colored our bats first, then mounted them to Readi-Board to make them more durable. They’re still light weight enough to be held up by a little bit of tape. Below the images is a step by step video on how to mount prints onto Readi-Board, or you can jump to the tutorial by clicking the button.