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Spooktober Special: Adorable Bat Pics And Vids

BOO! We're in the early days of Halloween and Spooktober is in full swing! Today we celebrate and honor the spooky month by appreciating adorable bats! Or as the internet likes to call them -- sky puppies! And for those who never understand why they're called sky puppies, after seeing these big-eyed bats, you'll understand everything. Also, bat children just so happened to be called 'pups.'

A majority of the fellowing bats are rescued bats at the Bats Queensland, which is a volunteer organization for flying foxes and microbats in South East QLD Australia. You can follow them on Instagram to see the stories behind each adorable furry face.

Open your spooky heart and read more about these incredible animals of darkness

adorable bats being their sweet adorable selves - thumbnail of baby bats sleeping and yawning
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Weekly Treats; Animal Tweets (September 14th, 2020)

Week by week, we bring you the best that animal twitter has to offer - the most popular animal tweets. This week's lineup is starring: showering otters, muscular tigers, and bats with pacifiers. We know that the best way to start off any week is to dive into the mindhive of twitter and be truly amazed by the things that twitter users enjoy. Some will have you smiling, others awwing, some will have you snorting, some will remind you that Halloween is nearing, and others will make your hear flutter with gratitude. 

So, enjoy this week's animal tweets, give your pet a treat if you have one and make sure to wish for them to have a good week too. And our wish this week to you is to meet a cute dog this week and have it lick your hand.

best of this week's animal tweets thumbnail includes two pictures tweets including one with bunnies that have really big ears 'Nose - beep boop bop @zoopti go ahead bro im all ears 7:04 AM · Sep 8, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone 39.1K Retweets 2.2K Quote Tweets 217K Likes' and the other has fluffy sheep 'Mammal - video girl @vulgardarlinng look at these SHEEP!!! they're so ?!/?:! they look like plushies 9:11 PM · Sep 9, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone 6K Retweets 378 Quote Tweets 19.8K Likes >'
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Pictures Worth More Than 1000 Words (21 Images)

Some pictures are impossible to capture in just a few words, the stories behind them are far too fascinating. Week by week, we bring you a collection of photos just like these. 

When it comes to pictures that are worth more than 1000 words, there is complexity. It's not just that these pictures are beautiful, which they are, but we also see the story behind them - the emotions, the atmosphere, the endless possible situations which might have led to the pictures being taken. They could be funny, heartwarming, or awe-inspiring. They might make you smile, or they might make you think. What's for sure is that there is no way we could sum them up in anything less than 1000 words. 

images worth 1000 words beautiful photography amazing animals hugging tiger yawn bird turtle fox dolphin dance butterfly frog otter bat seal wow stunning wholesome
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We adore these videos! Meet Mr. Belgraves, a rescued bat that is very hungry and frightened. 

Batzilla the Bat informs viewers of how Mr. Belgraves came to be at their rescue,  "Mr Belgrave was rescued by Paul last night after accidentally wedging his thumb between two palings on a fence. This happens more often than we might think and unfortunately for Mr Belgrave, he was trapped on the fence for at least two days. He may have fallen from an overhanging branch or perhaps he had been making his way along the fence in search of his dinner. Now in care albeit with a very sore grazed thumb, Belgrave will heal up fine before being released back to the wild."

We're so grateful to hear he's in good and loving hands and will be released as soon as he's all healed up! In the meantime, enjoy this adorable sky puppy chowing down on a delicious banana! 

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Animals Of Instagram Spotlight Of The Week: Lucy, The Bat Cat

Once a week, we will be featuring an extraordinary animal account on Instagram! Their story, the adorable pictures, and pawesome videos! This week's spotlight goes to Lucy, the bat cat

Lucy is a Sphynx cat who suffers from a rare condition called hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is when spinal fluid builds up on the brain, creating pressure on Lucy's brain. Due to her condition, Lucy was not up for sale and when Zilla Bergamini first saw Lucy, she was absolutely smitten and asked if she could adopt the special needs kitten. 

"I began reading everything I could about hydrocephalus and all possible outcomes, I looked for the best veterinarian neurological center in the country, and I already started setting up a fund to pay for her surgery — if needed — or medication," Zilla told MeowAF.

And when Lucy reached the age of two months, she arrived at her new home in Haifa, Israel. Zilla was excited for Lucy's arrival but also quite nervous about caring for a kitty with such a serious neurological condition. "She was loved before coming to me," Zilla continued, "but her future was uncertain."

But despite this, Zilla says Lucy's life is pretty normal! Now, Lucy loves going on adventures with her family, spending time with outdoors and with people! 

And due to Lucy's unique looks that clearly resemble that of a bat's -- she has become a sensation on Instagram with a following of over 25k! 

Keep living life to the fullest, Little Lucy! 



cat lucy bat instagram cats video pics Sphynx animals | black hairless cat with long pointy ears and large round green eyes staring at camera, and looking sideways while dressed in a purple sweater
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Stop the presses. This might be the cutest thing you'll ever hear! 

We are absolutely melting at the sound of Jeddah's squeaks while being pet!

In this video shot by Mandi Griffith, a care with Sydney Wildlife, we are introduced to Jeddah, a juvenile bat. 

"This is Jeddah. He loves to be tickled, petted and scratched. Look at that blissful face. Jeddah is a Grey-Headed Flying-Fox. I usually clip my videos quite short when it's all one behaviour being shown, but this bliss went on and on and I just couldn't bring myself to deprive you of any of the lengthy joy. I particularly loved the yawny and sniffy bits about half way through. And I love the curl of the tongue as he yawns.

 This bat was not releasable due to injuries.  He is in care with a vaccinated and licensed bat carer. This bat is not a pet.  He was a baby hand raised for release, and became an education animal. He is used to being handled.  He actively solicits attention and cuddles. There have been suggestions that this bat is terrified and the squeaks are not cute. This bat is in bliss and is able to get away from the carer at any time. He is choosing to be stroked. He solicits attention."

Did you catch the bat smiling? If not, look closely! 

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Bats Use Leaves As Mirrors To Find Camouflaged Insects

Bats are widely misunderstood creatures in the animal kingdom - while they're associated with witches, vampires and darkness in general, they're actually super cute and interesting. And scientists have just discovered something amazing about them - bats use leaves as "mirrors" that reflect sound waves, helping them find insects hiding behind leaves. Cool, right? Or confusing? Keep on reading, we'll explain everything. 

scientists just discovered that bats can use echolocation to find hiding prey
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Here's Your Weekly Dose Of Cute! (#23)

We scoured the internet to bring you the cutest animal pictures and gifs of the week! Bringing you cuteness every week - stay tuned for next week's dose! If you missed last week's dose, and you need a cuteness overload, check out last week's here! 

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A Rare And Adorable Bat Found At a UK Library Museum

The Museum of English Rural Life (the Absolute Unit museum) found a bat late last year in a library. They detailed its identification, background and future plans to release it.

tweet of adorable and rare bat found in library
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Only In Australia: a Special Hospital That Takes Care Of Orphaned Bats

Situated in rainforest in tropical Far North Queensland, Tolga Bat Hospital cares for up to 500 orphaned baby flying foxes each year and it will definitely restore your faith in humanity. According to their website, they "started in a very small way in 1990, responding to a story in the local paper. Hundreds of young Spectacled flying foxes had been orphaned by tick paralysis. We took two and the adventure began…". Visit Tolga Bat Hospital's website here (they run tours) and like them on Facebook.



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