It's so sad to think our little brown bats and other cave bats are being attacked and killed by a fungus and we can't find a cure to help them! It's called White Nose Syndrome; its a white substance that grows on the face, ears and wings of our cave bats. The fungus causes them irritation and other symptoms bad enough to force them awake (early) from their winter hibernation. They then try to get comfortable and that act causes the bats to lose the fat reserves they stored for the winter...which in turn now makes them hungry. So, they leave the caves in the dead of winter to search for food to put on more fat to take them through the rest of the winter...the only problem is...the flying insects they eat (in summer and spring and fall) are not around for the picking...hence, the bat can't find food and can't put on weight...so they die trying to survive.
The worse part of this is...it is us, yes, we humans that have brought this to our bats.
Our thrill for adventure and discovery has inadvertently brought death to our bats. We carried this fungus on our clothes and bags when we entered the caves they lived in...
Sinse 2006 over One Million bats have died. Considering these bats ate about 694 tons of insects from crop pest to mosquitoes every year...what does that mean for us humans?
It means an increase of WEST NILE and other diseases for us. It means more pesticides on our foods, hence more pesticides in us.
It's time we stop what we're doing to this world and start making better choices for everyone; from plants to animals on this earth...or we will continue to lose precious and unique animals like our bats, that do so much for us without our even knowing it.
Did you know a female bat usually only has one baby at a time...can't re-populate very fast, now can they?
Just thought you guys would want to know these cute and innocent little creatures are dying as we speak.