retirement batcave

fairy_toadmotherMay 10, 2006

holy flying grannies, batman! this bat is "at least 41 years old."

"oldest bat on record" in case the link doesn't go direct.

Here is a link that might be useful: bci times

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fairy_toadmother

OH NO! bats are dropping in northern californians' yards, presumably of starvation...

Here is a link that might be useful: bci news

    Bookmark   May 10, 2006 at 11:05PM
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youreit

I can't believe they're starving, FTM! It seems like we have an abundance of insects this year due to the exceedingly wet winter/early spring, but maybe it's too much, too late. I'd love to see one in my yard, but not under those circumstances. :(

Wow, 41+ years old! I wish there was a way to keep them as pets, because if I got one now...:D

Brenda

    Bookmark   May 11, 2006 at 11:50AM
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fairy_toadmother

very sad! are you in the north, brenda?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2006 at 7:10PM
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pondmaninfl(z9 FL)

Brenda, who would take care of it when you are dead and gone. :o)

G'day,
Scott

    Bookmark   May 11, 2006 at 10:05PM
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youreit

Thanks for reminding me of that, Scott. LOL Hey, I'm only 37! I think I could get away with a 50-yr.-old. :D

I am in the north, FTM, near Sacramento. Maybe DH and I should take a drive this weekend, to the farm fields down the road, and see if we can find anything out of the ordinary. I know I used to see them all the time during dawn and dusk while walking the dog a few years back.

Brenda

    Bookmark   May 12, 2006 at 12:16PM
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fairy_toadmother

"I think I could get away with a 50-yr.-old"-- hmmmm, not sure how to take that :)

well, brenda, hopefully you don't find any adn it is a good thing!

    Bookmark   May 12, 2006 at 6:37PM
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youreit

Blast from the past (post) here! :)

I just had to post this for you, FTM, and ALL of the other bat lovers. :D The tube-lipped nectar bat...THAT'S a mouthful! LOL

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: Bat has longest tongue of any mammal

    Bookmark   December 11, 2006 at 10:15AM
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comettose(7)

That's really too bad for the bat population. A totally misunderstood mammal as it is. I love bats! Saw a pair mating on the ground about a month ago. I would think it would be too late to mate. I wonder what the gestation term is and how quickly the young are self-sustaining.

Many of Marylands bats leave to go to Western MD caves for winter where the temperature remains constant. If this pair was planning on it they had better get going instead of fooling around in the grass!

CT

    Bookmark   December 11, 2006 at 6:21PM
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fairy_toadmother

seeing that gene simmons picture just killed me! didnt' expect it. :)
thanks, brenda!

interesting, ct...i must remember to check that out when my schedule frees up, temporarily.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2006 at 9:44AM
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