This Is Why We Should All Love Bats

Reblogged from http://www.buzzfeed.com

Give them a chance, you guys. They just want to eat all the bugs and pollinate tequila plants.posted on October 23, 2013 at 1:13am EDT

Sara Bee

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Look at this bat. That’s a nice bat.

Look at this bat. That's a nice bat.

Nobody really likes these guys, though.

Nobody really likes these guys, though.

(Sorry, bat friends.)

Because people think bats are terrifying little sharp-toothed bundles of flying hate.

Because people think bats are terrifying little sharp-toothed bundles of flying hate.

And rabies.

But here’s the thing.

But here's the thing.

BATS ARE ADORABLE.

BATS ARE ADORABLE.

THEY JUST WANT TO BE LOVED.

THEY JUST WANT TO BE LOVED.

And give love in return.

And give love in return.

Poor, misunderstood bats. See this one?! It’s like a little hamster with wings! Oh my god!

Poor, misunderstood bats. See this one?! It's like a little hamster with wings! Oh my god!

And they’re big fans of watermelon!

And they're big fans of watermelon!

But wait. There’s more.

But wait. There's more.

Doesn’t this strangely kind of resemble…

Doesn't this strangely kind of resemble...

THIS?!?

THIS?!?

Answer: pretty much.

Answer: pretty much.

And not only are they the cutest. Oh, no. Bats are wonderfully useful creatures to have around.

And not only are they the cutest. Oh, no. Bats are wonderfully useful creatures to have around.

Someday, this guy will be able to eat 600 mosquitoes in an hour. This is a mosquito-killing MACHINE.

Someday, this guy will be able to eat 600 mosquitoes in an hour. This is a mosquito-killing MACHINE.

Say these people here.

(Don’t pretend like mosquitoes aren’t the worst.)

This Is Why We Should All Love Bats

And if it weren’t for bats, we might have fewer bananas, mangoes, almonds, peaches…

This Is Why We Should All Love Bats

and TEQUILA.

and TEQUILA.

These people say that bats pollinate a bunch of different plants and/or spread their seeds. Seed production of the agave plants used to make tequila drops to 1/3000th of normal without bats to pollinate them.

I mean, don’t get me wrong.

This Is Why We Should All Love Bats

THEY ARE THE NIGHT.

THEY ARE THE NIGHT.

But also friends.

This Is Why We Should All Love Bats

Squeaky-clean friends.

Squeaky-clean friends.

(Apparently, bats groom themselves like cats.)

Which makes it sort of less awful if one of them beelines it for your hair.

Which makes it sort of less awful if one of them beelines it for your hair.

The end.

This Is Why We Should All Love Bats

18 thoughts on “This Is Why We Should All Love Bats

  1. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    I cannot tell you how happy this post makes me. I’m going to post this on Facebook.

  2. willowbatel says:

    My neighbor is absolutely horrified of bats, but I keep trying to explain the benefits of them to her. I’m tempted to send this to her, lol. She wouldn’t be able to read it though; there’s too many pictures.

  3. I love bats and we have a bat house although with the decline recently we have no takers…but we are seeing a resurgence in the woods across the street and hope they will visit here too.

  4. mieprowan says:

    Reblogged this on There Are So Many Things Wrong With This and commented:
    Very nice! Batcon.org is a non-prof conservation outfit and their page has a lot of useful stuff such as how to get a bat out of your house without hurting the bat.

    Never touch a dead or sick bat, though, or you do risk exposing yourself to rabies.

  5. Too many horror movies to overcome. Re-education is key for so many. The image in our minds that has been programed, keeps so many scared of things they don’t need to be frightened of. I happy with anything that eats mosquitoes and doesn’t use chemicals. Thanks for helping the education process along. If we can increase their population, we can cut down on mosquito driven diseases. I loved all the pictures. Too cute for words.

  6. Rachel says:

    I don’t understand how people can be afraid of bats! I mean, look at this little guy from a few months ago!

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