Bats are surrounded by stigma — and we aren’t entirely sure why. Perhaps it’s because of their ominous affiliation with Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula (who could shape-shift into and control the minds of bats), an association that struck fear in the hearts of readers and movie-goers for over a century — a fear that was endlessly perpetuated by pop cultural icons like Bruce Wayne and Ace Ventura. Or perhaps it’s that they’re so dark and mysterious and unique, which maybe makes people think they’re scary or evil or weird.
Whatever the cause, we think it’s time to restore honor to perhaps the most integral members of any (and pretty much every) ecosystem on earth: Bats.
IN OBSERVANCE OF NATIONAL BAT APPRECIATION DAY, WHICH HAPPENS EACH YEAR ON APRIL 17, WE’VE COMPILED THE SEVEN BEST REASONS TO LOVE AND APPRECIATE BATS EACH AND EVERY DAY. CHECK IT OUT: