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Are Bats Blind?

Bats are not actually blind. In fact, some species of fruit bat can even see during the day. Though about 70 percent of them augment their vision with echolocation, bats cannot rely on echolocation alone to navigate, meaning that they cannot navigate or fly properly on totally dark nights.

More facts about bats:

  • Only about 0.5 percent of bats have rabies, and most of those infected are too sick to fly.

  • A single brown bat can catch more than 600 mosquitoes per hour.

  • There are more than 1.5 million bats living in urban areas in North America.

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