While some are terrified of bats due to their demonization in folklore, these species of the US are not only cute, but incredibly beneficial in many ways! http://sunnyscope.com/bat-species-of-the-us/

While some are terrified of bats due to their demonization in folklore, these species of the US are not only cute, but incredibly beneficial in many ways! http://sunnyscope.com/bat-species-of-the-us/

Bats like these straw-colored fruit bats (Eidolon helvum) live together in large groups. When species intermingle in a roost, they may share viruses with one another. Credit: David Hayman/Colorado State Univ.

Bats like these straw-colored fruit bats (Eidolon helvum) live together in large groups. When species intermingle in a roost, they may share viruses with one another. Credit: David Hayman/Colorado State Univ.

Bats are very under appreciated and are actually extremely important and very cool.

Bats are very under appreciated and are actually extremely important and very cool.

A bat species thought to be long extinct has been caught by researchers in Papua New Guinea, over a century after the first and only specimens were collected.

A bat species thought to be long extinct has been caught by researchers in Papua New Guinea, over a century after the first and only specimens were collected.

As intimidating as they might sound, vampire bats aren’t usually in the business of bothering humans for their blood. In fact, the hairy-legged vampire bat species was thought to feed almost exclusively on birds.

As intimidating as they might sound, vampire bats aren’t usually in the business of bothering humans for their blood. In fact, the hairy-legged vampire bat species was thought to feed almost exclusively on birds.

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