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Bats are blind. Animal fact or fiction?

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Nope, sorry! Bats are not blind. Like many animals, they are born blind, but gain eyesight from the time they are seven to nine days old. Megabats actually have large eyes and good eyesight. They mainly rely on their vision and sense of smell to find their food.

Microbats have smaller eyes. Their eyesight is not as good as that of megabats, but it's reasonably good. And, they are not equipped with the special eyesight possessed by other night-hunting animals such as owls and cats. Instead, microbats rely on a specialized sonar system for hunting. It's called "echolocation". As the bat flies, it emits a high, squeaking sound, unable to be heard by human ears. As the sound travels outward, it hits objects and bounces back. These sound waves tell the bat where objects are so they can be avoided. Echolocation also tells them where their food is.

So, there is no factual basis for the old saying "blind as a bat". It's all fiction. Click here to learn more about bats, and click here to learn how they fly.

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You're right! Good job! Bats are not blind. Like many animals, they are born blind, but gain eyesight from the time they are seven to nine days old. Megabats actually have large eyes and good eyesight. They mainly rely on their vision and sense of smell to find their food.

Microbats have smaller eyes. Their eyesight is not as good as that of megabats, but it's reasonably good. And, they are not equipped with the special eyesight possessed by other night-hunting animals such as owls and cats. Instead, microbats rely on a specialized sonar system for hunting. It's called "echolocation". As the bat flies, it emits a high, squeaking sound, unable to be heard by human ears. As the sound travels outward, it hits objects and bounces back. These sound waves tell the bat where objects are so they can be avoided. Echolocation also tells them where their food is.

So, there is no factual basis for the old saying "blind as a bat". It's all fiction. Click here to learn more about bats, and click here to learn how they fly.

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