High hopes in Thailand

A photograph of a beautiful false vampire bat hanging from a cave wall.
Hello handsome! By Aditya Joshi [CC BY-SA 3.0 from Wikimedia Commons]
Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week and that you enjoyed your 4th of July celebrations. I heard about a soccer team that has been stuck in a cave in Thailand. A lot of people are working very hard to get them out of the cave safely. It must be a very difficult job. I thought it would be nice to learn about a bat from Thailand.

I found an adorable bat called the Greater False Vampire bat. They live throughout South Asia, including Thailand. They roost in places that a lot of other bat species also roost in such as caves, hollow trees, and old buildings. These very cute bats have big ears and an incredibly handsome nose-leaf that covers most of their face. The Greater False Vampire bat has blue-grey fur covering most of their body, and a brown-grey stomach.

These bats are carnivores who like to eat many yummy things including fish and larger insects that smaller bats aren’t big enough to eat. Unlike other carnivorous bats, these bats will sometimes sit and wait for their prey to come by. Once they catch their tasty morsel, they fly to a nice safe place to eat it. 

If you want to read more about the Greater False Vampire bat, you can read about them here.

I would like to wish all the rescuers in Thailand the best of luck. I hope everyone gets out of the cave safely soon.

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