big eared bat

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[Image description: There are 3 images. The top one says ‘You will make it, I promise’ in pink text next to a peach colored bat.]

[The second one says ‘I know things are scary, and you may feel sad or scared. But…You will be OK, and I love you.’ There is a side caption that says, ‘I am here for you, always, OK?’ Both are written in purple text next to a fluffy big-eared bat.]

[The third one says ‘Your friends all love you!’ in bright yellow text, above a huddling group of tiny bats.]

anonymous asked:

not a q but my bf of 6 years(the 16th!) and i just adopted our first puppy together! our first puppy that hasn't been picked out by our parents/etc! She's a 13 week old spitzy looking mix that's about 5 pounds and we named her Morsel, shes black with white speckled toes and white spots on her chest and she has these big bat ears

Awh congratulations!!! Isn’t it such a wonderful feeling to get your very own pup! You know I am going to need to see pictures of your nugget.

Huge ears and a lumpy nose identify the Ozark big-eared bat.

Photograph by Merlin D. Tuttle/Bat Conservation-International Inc.

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Ozark Big-Eared Bat Range

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The Ozark big-eared bat is an endangered species found only in a small number of caves in the southern central United States. Also known as the western big-eared bat, the long-eared bat, and the lump-nosed bat, its appearance is defined by a pair of outsize ears and a lump-adorned nose.

These bats, whose bodies are normally less than 4 inches (10 centimeters) long, have ears that extend more than an inch (2.5 centimeters) in length. Their ears are generally held erect, except during hibernation, when some bats coil them like ram’s horns.

Beyond the mythical ears, these bats have two distinctive facial glands on either side of their nose resembling a pair of mittens. Their fur is light to dark brown, and their bellies are tan. They have a sizeable wingspan as well, measuring some 12 to 13 inches (30 to 34 centimeters).

The Ozark big-eared bat feeds primarily on moths but may also eat other bugs in and around its forested hunting grounds. It makes its home in caves, relying on their protection during hibernation and maternity.

Mating among these bats is initiated with ritualized calls and affectionate head nuzzling. The female stores the male’s sperm until spring, when ovulation, fertilization, and gestation occur. A single baby, or pup, is born in May or June, already weighing one-fourth of an adult’s body weight. Baby bats mature quickly becoming fully independent and able to fly within two months.

The Ozark big-eared bat once lived in caves in Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. However, they have apparently abandoned their Missouri habitat due to human encroachment and cave disturbance, and estimates put the remaining wild population at around 1,800. Conservationists are currently working to protect these numbers by minimizing human intrusions.