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A mother and baby grey-headed Flying fox rest in a tree before flying out to feed Sunday, March 13, 2011 at a bat colony in western Sydney, Australia. A natural food shortage caused by rains,flooding and cyclones has forced flying foxes who normally feed on pollens and nectars into suburban …

Bats Have Regional Accents, Israeli Study Shows

MIAMI — Baby bats learn language from peers in their colony, and will adopt the group’s dialect, or accent, instead of their mother’s, Israeli researchers said Tuesday.

Bat in flight (Raghunath Thirumalaisamy / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Zika: Aerial Spraying and Releasing Bats Approved

With Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control rapidly losing the battle to contain the epidemic from the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, panicking authorities began aerial spraying and may soon bring in bats that can eat 1,000 mosquitoes an hour.

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Rabid Blood-Sucking Bats in Peru Kill 12

Twelve indigenous children from the Achuar tribes in Peru have died of rabies after being bitten by blood-sucking bats, while several more are still battling the disease.