Brown bat

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Brown bats, gentle and intelligent animals, ordinarily have but one pup per year. Bats suckle their young, just like other mammals. They are successful, helpful animals, usually very unobtrusive. Most people don't realize it, but the air is alive with bats every evening, even in the winter. The echo location skills of insect-eating bats are legend. They can fly and avoid obstacles that you and I can't even see. They can overtake, capture and eat insects on the wing. The brown bat scoops them up in a pocket of his wings and pops them into his mouth without missing a wingbeat. The brown bat is not “blind” either - they can actually see quite well. It's just that since they hunt insects at night, they use their own sonar for the chore.

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