Although they keep a dignified silence, bats get a raw deal: they are swatted at with brooms and [...]vilified in lore.
In fact, bats are hardworking and useful creatures, and they rarely carry real danger. There are thought to be about 1,100 species of bats, only 3 of which feed on blood — and none of them bite without provocation. Contrary to popular belief, only half of one percent of bats carry rabies. They do, however, love to chow down on insect pests that destroy valuable crops.
In this video, BU professor Tom Kunz talks about his newfound method for counting bats, and why it's important to know how many bats live in the neighborhood.
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