On July 4th, while packing up our picnic, the kids heard a PLOP. They turned around an noticed this little guy on the ground. He had fallen out a large pine tree.
He only opened one wing, so we don’t know if he was injured. He crawled around a bit trying to find some shade to hide.
We knew he was unhappy where he was, so we helped him back to the tree.
You can barely see him below. Hopefully, he survived.
After our hike, we found him about two feet higher than where we left him.
- Mexican Free-Tailed Bat
- Medium Sized Bat – wingspan is between 12-14 in, weight is between 0.4-0.5 oz.
- Life span – about 18 years
- They eat a whole lotta bugs.
Bracken Cave near San Antonio, Texas is home to over 20,000,000 Mexican Free-Tailed Bats. You can get more information at Batcon.org. There is even a video!
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Chiroptera
- Family: Molossidae
- Genus: Tadarida
- Species: T. brasiliensis
Bats are the only flying mammals.