KUSA - What would Halloween be, without bats?
Rob Mies is Executive Director for the Organization for Bat Conservation @ Cranbrook Institute of Science and he is in Denver to give two presentations about bats at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
On 9NEWS 8 a.m. Mies sorted fact from fiction about bats, including the fact that bats are not blind. He also pointed out bats do not make nests in hair and that very few bats have rabies. He explained there are no vampire bats in Colorado. The only place you'll be able to see those is at the Denver Zoo.
Other bat facts:
• Benefits: Bats eat 2,000 to 5,000 insects each night flying around in Denver. Bats around the world are important to pollinate and spread seeds (bananas, mango, and agave).
• Bat Basics: Bats are mammals. Bats have 1 to 2 babies per year. Bats live up to 40 years old. Small bats use high-pitch sounds to fly around at night catching tiny little insects.
Mies will be showing these bat species while in Denver:
Big Brown Bat from North America (large insect-eating bat)
Straw-colored fruit bat from Africa
Malayan flying fox from Southeast Asia (largest bat in the world)
Friday, October 25 at 6pm Hallow-Teen - Denver Museum of Nature and Science
• Hallow-Teen is a fun and frightening evening for teens aged 13-17 full of dead and LIVE creatures, fun activities and freaky food.
•Mies will introduce you to some of the rarest bats in the world including the gigantic flying fox bat from Malaysia
• Take your picture with a zombie, treat yourself with creepy cupcakes and pizza, freak out over ghost stories from our master storyteller, catch spine-tingling tales of critters large and small
• Costumes encouraged
• Teens only, ages 13-17
• Tickets and more info at www.dmns.org
Sunday, October 25 at 1:30 and 3:30 Denver Botanic Gardens
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