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Went for a hike in Lord Hill Park in Snohomish, WA with @ihkura who is GREAT with animal identification. While she was looking for isopods she picked up a piece of bark on the ground and found the CUTEST LITTLE BAT!!! It flew up on my back, flew off, returned to my back and then flew away.

-Northern Red-legged Frog

-Puget Sound Garter Snake (photo doesn’t do justice to the beautiful BLUE of this noodle)

-Northern Alligator Lizard

-Western Long-eared Myotis (my guess after googling)

We are now sitting in the Tardis – surely the most thrilling interview location of all time – where Capaldi, who is nearing the end of nine months of filming series nine, looks touchingly at home. Often, between thoughts, he gazes reverentially up at the ceiling as if it were the vaults of a church. Long legs crossed, jacket off, vampirically pale, thin hands wrapped around the pot of Wagamama noodle soup that is his supper, you can see glimpses of the boy who penned endless fan letters to the show’s producers and who applied for presidency of the Doctor Who Fan Club aged 14.

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I know I’ve definitely heard other keepers talking about how they have to monitor the flying fox exhibit in case one falls off the ropes and trees, because they can’t move on the ground. Is it that they’re helpless or just awkward?

It depends on the species. Some, like ghost-faced bats, are literally dead if they hit the ground, because their legs have rotated 180 degrees in the course of evolution and have all the muscle mass of uncooked pasta.

He’s looking at his useless, stupid noodles. He knows.

Other bats are ok at crawling on the ground, but most excel at scrambling over vertical or upside-down surfaces- hence the backwards-facing feet with the little hooky claws.

Fruit bats in particular suck at being on the ground because they have those really long, specialized thumbs for hooking onto branches. They get in the way on the ground. They’re also so large and encumbered by their wing membranes that they have a hard time lifting their bellies off the ground. But they are accomplished climbers.

Depending on the species, microchiropterans may have completely reversed hind legs like that ghost-faced bat above, or only partially reversed legs. The few species of “walking” bats have partially reversed hind legs. Still, the feet of the vampire bat point backwards when it walks.

The pekapeka’s point sideways.