Our Moms are really something special and Mothers Day is a great opportunity to tell them so. Even our batty high flying moms go above and beyond for their kids.
Flowers, chocolate, or even just finally getting those chores we promised done, there are lots of ways to show Mom you care. Our Moms are really something special and Mothers Day is a great opportunity to tell them so. Even bats get in on the act as some of the best high flying moms go above and beyond for their kids.
A Quick Catch for Mom
When baby bats, called pups, are born they come into the world with their mothers ready to take care of them. Hanging from her perch bat moms give birth upside down! There for her baby right away mother bats act fast, catching the blind baby in her wings.
Big Bouncing Babies
The pups are born weighing up to one third of their mothers weight. Imagine giving birth to a baby that big. For a human mom that would be like having a baby that weighed 40 pounds! Lucky for them most bats only have one pup at a time.
But thats only the beginning. Just like us bats are mammals so mother bats have to be ready to feed their pups plenty of milk. Going out to find food for themselves, mother bats come back to their roosts to take care of and nurse their babies.
Congratulations its Twins!
Even though most bats only have one pup some bats like to have big families. Species like the hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus) will usually give birth to two pups at a time. With two pups to take care of this makes the hoary bat a special mom as she has to find twice as much food to keep her pups well fed.
Super strong moms!
Mother bats often fly with their pups. The young cling to their mother’s underarm nipple with their mouths and hang onto her waist with their toes. Carrying a pup often more than a third of your weight via your nipples is no small feat – that is a super strong mom!
It Takes a Village
In the heart of the United States the largest gathering of bats in the world is getting together. The roost in Bracken Cave isnt just any bat cave. Its a maternity ward! Migrating hundreds of miles the Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) make their way from Mexico to Texas to roost. Over 15 million mother bats come together to raise their pups in the safety of Bracken cave, coming out to hunt for food at night.
Shes cleaned and cared for her baby, fed them and taught them to fly. Mother bats are amazing. Just like ours.