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Bats

  1. Look at This Giant Australian Bat and Tell Me Nightmares Aren’t Real

    This is not the Batman we needed. This is not anything we needed.

    Look, we know the whole "nature-you-scary" angle is played out, but you guys: Look. At. This. Australian. Bat. He is the size of Batkid. He could be a bat on which Batkid rides to the scene of crimes. He could be a Batkidmobile. But he will never be, because this freaking enormous bat is now dead.

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  2. Ingenious Bats Use Curled Leaves as Their Own Batphones

    How else are they supposed to know when Batman needs to create a diversion?

    Much like Jim Gordon's Batphone, the curled leaves of some South American plants are carrying the calls of bats. OK, they're more like a megaphone than the Batphone, but the image of tiny bats calling Commissioner Gordon is too entertaining to ignore.

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  3. The 1960′s Batman Theme Song Sung By Actual Bats [VIDEO]

    Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

    Dance the Batusi to this rather screechy rendition of the 1960's Batman theme song, arranged from the echolocation of real bats. Thanks to YouTuber Sándor Seuntjens, now we know what the world would be like if even our instruments were bat-themed. (via Death and Taxes) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  4. Ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee: Batman!

    Bats sing to the hero they deserve, but not to the one they need right now.

    This video has bats, the Batman theme song, and a strange selection of Batman images interspersed with bats messily devouring their prey. Does this video really need further explanation to get you to watch it? Seriously. Watch it. It's tremendous.

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  5. Further Evidence That Slow Motion Makes Things Better: Watch This Bat Lap Up Nectar

    I've never seen a bat lapping up nectar before, but even if I had I didn't see it in close up slow motion, and frankly that's the only way to watch a bat lap up nectar. This video from Brown University shows a species of bat that not only has a crazy long tongue, but it also has lingual papillae which fill with blood and extend from the tongue to create more surface area and pull in more nectar.

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  6. Here’s A Horrific Scientific Survey Of 50 Bats Being Captured By Spiders

    Here's some nightmare fuel you could have gone the rest of your life without knowing: every continent except Antarctica hosts spiders so large, they can trap bats in their webs. That's according to a study released earlier this month in the open-access journal PLOS ONE that records in often gruesome detail 50 incidents of spiders ensnaring bats. In related news, who is moving to Antarctica with me right the hell now?

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  7. Aww, They Think They’re People: Male Bats Perform Oral Sex on Females

    Earlier today, we brought you news of a sea lion that dances along to Backstreet Boys. This evening brings more news of animals partaking in an activity once thought to be the sole dominion of enlightened animals like us humans: Oral sex. Analysis of a colony of flying foxes in India found that males of the species perform oral sex on females. Yup, you read that right.

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  8. True Facts About the Fruit Bat Will Leave You Wanting a Pet Fruit Bat [Video]

    The ever dependable and humorous Ze Frank has returned with another series of entertaining and (mostly) true facts about the noble fruit bat -- both the mega and micro varieties, so there's something for everyone. Watch the video below to learn more about the gentle, well-intentioned, and weirdly adorable breeds of bat that don't suck blood and try not to want one as a pet. Go on, try. You can't do it, because that would be amazing!

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  9. Conservationists Build IRL Batcave to Fend Off Fungal Disease in Bats, Store Giant Penny (We Hope)

    Bats are in bad shape, America. A fungal disease, white nose syndrome, is wiping our nests of the furry flyers from sea to shining sea, and all efforts to contain it have been met with failure. The wonderfully well-intentioned hippies at The Nature Conservancy are pulling out all the stops to stem the tide of the disease, though, crafting the world's first artificial bat cave as what they hope will be a sanctuary against the deadly epidemic. The high-tech lab and crime fighting hot rod are, as always, sold separately.

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  10. Bats Listen For Fly Sex Love Sounds, Interrupts And Eats Fly Couple

    Stefan Greif from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and team discovered that Natterer's bats listen for the sound of copulating flies to locate and eat them. Apparently, the bats can hear the buzzing noise emitted by male flies while mating, alerting them to the narrow window of opportunity to score a double meal.

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