Tag: Mammals

Batman Day

Batman Day

Batman Day (open source image)
Batman Day (open source image)

It’s Batman Day! Now for those who know me, it’s no secret that I love Batman and the whole world of Gotham! The comics (in my opinion) are epic – DC I applaud you.

Batman (open source image)
Batman (open source image)

In the spirit of Batman Day, I am doing a short post on the creatures that inspired Bruce Wayne to become Batman – become what you fear… and what did Batman fear? – Bats!

Common Fruit Bat (open source image)
Common Fruit Bat (open source image)

Na na na na na na Bat-Facts!…

  • There are 18 residential species in the UK; 17 of which are known to be breeding.
  • Bats are not blind; however they do have very poor eyesight. They find food and find their way around by using echolocation – sending out calls and listening for the returning echo’s.
  • They are the only mammal capable of flight; with elongated fingers, joined by skin/ wing membrane.
  • There are almost 1,000 bat species worldwide.
  • 70% of bats are insectivores (eat insects) – which helps to control insect populations within their habitats.
  • Other bat species feed on fruits and/ or vegetables.
  • Other bat species are carnivorous feeding on birds, other small mammals, fish, amphibians, and lizards.
  • Vampire bats prefer the blood of animals (often livestock) to that of humans – they pierce the flesh and lap up the pooling blood; they don’t “suuuck your blooood!” (or inhabit Transylvania).
  • Bats cannot live in extreme desert or Arctic conditions.
  • A baby bat is called a ‘pup’. They are born and raised within a colony of females – no help from the males.
  • Some bats live in large groups; whilst other species are solitary.
  • There are bat species that will hibernate through the cold months, and others that will migrate to warmer climates.
  • The largest bat species is the Giant Flying Fox of Indonesia, with a wingspan of up to 6ft!
Giant Flying Fox (open source image)
Giant Flying Fox (open source image)

All images are open source, Google images – not my own.

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“Did You Know?” 20 Random Mammal Facts

“Did You Know?” 20 Random Mammal Facts

With the A-Z of Dog Breeds series finished, I thought I’d do a post about nothing too specific – so here’s a bunch of random facts about a wide range of mammal species (domestic and wild). Enjoy!

“Did You Know?”
  1. Shrews have to eat every couple of hours, otherwise they will starve
  2. Only 3 mammals go through menopause – humans, elephants, and humpback whales.
  3. Humpback whales can make the loudest noise of all mammals (not that kid behind you on the plane!)
  4. Each ear of a cat has 32 muscles, and the ears can move independently of each other
  5. A giraffe’s tongue is prehensile, blue,/black in colour and approximately 20 inches in length!
  6. The cheetah can reach up to 70 mph
  7. African Wild Hunting Dogs (African Painted Dogs) ensure their young eat first, unlike most wild predatory species
  8. The hippo is the second heaviest land mammal; elephants being the first
  9. Rhinoceros means “nose horn” (rhin – nose; ceros – horn)
  10. A pony is up to 14.1 hands high (144.78 cm), a horse is 14.2 hh (147.32 cm) and taller
  11. There are more than 4,200 species of mammals!
  12. The stripes on tigers and zebras are unique to the individual – no 2 patterns are alike; like human fingerprints
  13. The Sun Bear is the smallest of all bear species (the koala bear is not a bear but a marsupial)
  14. The Narwhal tusk is actually a large, protruding tooth
  15. Caribou are also known as Reindeer
  16. The Musk deer, the Muntjac, the Chinese water deer and the Korean water deer all have fangs (or tusks) instead of antlers – Google Image search them; quite odd looking!
  17. Przewalski’s horse is the only true wild horse species left in the wild
  18. The Saiga Antelope has an enlarged nose that hangs down over its mouth
  19. The Jaguarundi is a species of wild cat that is often mistaken for a mustelid, as it bares the appearance of mustelid species; such as the Stoat and the Weasel.
  20. The only mammal that can fly is a bat (and Batman of course)

I hope that you found the random mammal facts interesting – if you want any more information, or have any questions, please feel free to ask in the ‘thoughts’ box below or on the comments page, or via social media sites
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