Despite what some may say, bats aren't blind. Sonar helps, but it isn't everything. Now a new study of the common fruit bat has revealed how exactly these animals keep track of where they are mid-flight - revealing the same mechanism that other mammals and even humans use to guess at location and direction.
Researcher have found that every night, bats intentionally sabotage each others' sonar's in order to get at the best insect meals on wings.
The world's largest bat colony has just recently been saved from a San Antonio land developer thanks to efforts from conservation groups, Nature Conservancy announced Friday, ensuring the protection of vital habitat, including the well-known Bracken Bat Cave.
It seems that this Halloween, bats are only hanging out with their friends, after a new study showed that these mammals will roost solely with their usual social groups.
To some species of bats, trees and turbines are one in the same, resulting at times in a gruesome fate, according to a new study.
As nocturnal animals, bats have special neurons in their brains that enable safe flight, according to a new study.
The deadly Ebola virus that is sweeping across west Africa, infecting and killing thousands of people, is thought have had originated in small and unassuming animals. Researchers have stumbled upon a number of carriers of the disease in the animal kingdom, where it is just as much an epidemic as it is in urban Africa. Some hope that finding the source of the disease will help them understand how it suddenly became so prevalent among humans.
Employees of Vermont's largest power company were surprised to find that they have become a bunch of bat minders, after a group of very endangered bats decided that the Otter Creek hydroelectric station in Middlebury was an ideal roosting ground. Amazingly, the company doesn't mind one bit.
Birds and bats are introducing a surprising number of trees into new forests, a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE shows.
A newly identified fuzzy, golden bat species was discovered in Bolivia, scientists reported, joining the ranks as a cuter version of these typically spooky creatures.
It's not all about echo location. As dusk descends, bats quickly set an "internal compass" using polarized light that will help them find their way at night, according to a recent study.
Researchers have good news about little brown bats in Vermont. It appears that a small colony of the tiny bats who hibernated in a Dorset cave last winter slept easy, showing no signs of the white nose syndrome (WNS) that has been causing brown bats across the country to wake and die during winter months.
No, bats haven't suddenly learned how to use Twitter or Facebook, but researchers have discovered that endangered Indiana bat colonies may be using complex social connections to ensure that they always have a place to bed down, even if their roosts are destroyed by disease or human interference.
Big Brown Bats call dibs on food and produce a special sound to warn their rivals, a new study has shown.