Baturday News is a weekly blog written by Rachael, a 7th grade student and Save Lucy volunteer. Rachael’s interest in bats was sparked by the big brown bats that used the outside of her former home for a winter roost. Her family cheerfully hosted this wild colony 

an artist rendering of a newly described dinosaur with bat-like wings.
Artist’s rendering of a newly described dinosaur with bat-like wings. Image from Blastr.com.

Hi everyone! As you all know, I LOVE bats! I also LOVE dinosaurs! I found a very special dinosaur. The only reason I’m writing about it here is because it walked on two legs and had wings just like a bat! Isn’t that cool?! It is called Yi qi. Up until now, they thought that the only dinosaurs that had wings couldn’t fly and their wings were covered in feathers. Yi qi’s wings were not covered in feathers, but were structured very much like a bat’s. And – here’s the really interesting part – because of its cool bat wings, Yi qi could actually take to the sky, but it glided more than it flew.

Some of the pictures of Yi qi might look scary because the pictures make it look big, but that’s the same thing that happened to the sweet little vampire bat. All the Dracula movies made vampire bats look big and scary, but really they’re just sweet little guys. Yi qi only weighed half a pound and was the size of a chicken. So, it’s not very scary at all. In fact, it might have been almost as cute as a cuddly little vampire bat.

(Just remember not to cuddle bats, even if you want to. It’s not a good idea.)

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