BATS! About Fruit Bats for Kids – FACTS ABOUT BATS

BATS! About Fruit Bats for Kids – FACTS ABOUT BATS


Today we will talk about BATS, fruit bats. Fruit bats usually live in warm climates. They are sometimes called flying foxes because
their furry faces look like foxes, but they are bats. There are different kinds of fruit bats, and
some of the biggest fruit bats have wings that are about six feet across. Our fruit bats are the smaller guys. Here are some Fruit bats showing us how they
survive in the jungle. When you might be walking through the jungle
in the afternoon and when you look up you might see several strange animals hanging
upside down in the tree above you. Their wings are wrapped around their body
and they seem to be sleeping and upside down is the weird thing about them. They like it like that. You are looking at fruit bats now! Fruit bats, like all bats, are mammals. This means babies drink their mother’s milk
and they have fur on their body. Humans are mammals, too, but bats are the
only mammals that can fly. Bet you didn’t know that… When you think of bats you might think of
caves, as in bat caves, but most fruit bats prefer to hang out in the trees and upside
down together when they do their sleeping during the day. They wrap their wings around their bat body
and snuggle up in their favourite blanket. Fruit Bat Diet. Just like you love to eat pizza, fruit bats
love to eat fruit! They have great eyesight and are super sniffers. They can smell a tasty treat even if they
are over three miles away from a snack. Fruit bats enjoy most fruits, including bananas,
mangoes, figs, dates and avocadoes. Today on their menu is guava fruit. When you eat fruit, you probably take a bite,
chew it up and swallow it, but fruit bats do things a little differently. They use their needle-sharp teeth to bite
off a piece of fruit and then squish it on the top of their mouth so they can get all
juice out of it. When they are done, they spit out the rest. I know some kids that do that. Now for the funny part of this bat study. Hold on kids for this quite natural event
was a real lucky shot in catching this bat in the act. Poop, poop e doo. There you go, er the bat goes. Bats ‘see’ in the dark using a special
skill called echolocation. Bats make noises and wait for the sound waves
to bounce back off objects (an echo), if it doesn’t bounce back then they can safely
fly forward, even in the dark. They can tell the distance of various objects
by how quickly the sound waves bounce back to them. So that’s it for today’s nature study. Bats are interesting critters, don’t you
agree? Upside down life when not flying and flying
by radar all night, sleeping in the day time. I know some kids like that too—sleep all
day, up all night. I will call them Batman and Batwoman. Thank you for watching! Bye.