Baturday News is a weekly blog written by Rachael, a 6th grade student and Save Lucy volunteer. Rachael’s interest in bats was sparked by the big browns bats that use the outside of her home for a winter roost. Her family has cheerfully hosted this wild colony for years.

Hello everyone! Since the Olympics are on, I thought it would be nice if the bats would have one too. So, I have found five very cool and very interesting bat contestants for our Bat Olympics. (Click the captions to see original pages–Ed.)

a photo of a giant golden crowned fruit bat
A giant golden crowned fruit bat

First up is the Giant Golden Crowned Flying Fox from the Philippines. He is trying to get a gold in the biggest bat competition. (So big!)

a photo of Kittis hog nosed fruit bat
A Kittis hog nosed fruit bat

 

Next, going for smallest bat is the Kitti’s Hog-Nosed bat (or bumblebee bat) from western Thailand and south east Burma. (So cute! I want one!)

A photo of a spear nosed bat from St. Vincent
A spear nosed bat from St. Vincent’s Island

 

Our next olympian is a newly discovered bat found only on the Carribbean island of St. Vincent. He is competing for biggest triceratops horn on a bat. He is a Micronycteris megalotis. (I wonder if it’s sharp.)

A photo of a brown long eared bat
A brown long eared bat

 

Next, trying to get the gold in the biggest ears competition is the Brown Long Eared Bat from Great Britain. (The better to hear you with my dear mosquito)

 

 

A long-tailed bat
A long-tailed bat

Next, is the Chalinolobus tuberculata from New Zealand trying to get gold in the biggest tail competition. It looks like he or she has a good chance to me. (Can I have a tail like that? I mean really that’s just cool.)

Ok. The judge (that’s me) has decided which bats will get gold. Because none of these bats have competitors, they all won!

1 reply added

  1. TMC March 3, 2014 Reply

    Hi Rachael – That was funny. 🙂
    -Timothy (age 8)

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