You probably didn’t know it, but today is Bat Appreciation Day. However, we’re sure you did know that Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America. Every year from March until October, up to 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats make their home under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. These bats put on a spectacular show each night as they emerge just before dark to feed. Hundreds of tourists and locals gather near the bridge to enjoy this amazing sight that helps make Austin such a unique city.
If you’re unsure why Bat Appreciation Day exists, here are a few reasons to be thankful for (and appreciate) these furry creatures.
A single bat can eat up to 600 mosquitos in an hour! This is especially helpful during the summer months.
Bats help pollinate sugar cane which makes our lives sweeter.
A bat’s guano helps fertilize gardens.
A bat’s saliva contains a special compound that has been proven to help stroke patients.
Contrary to popular belief, bats are not rodents. They are actually more closely related to humans.
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