“Badger” Bat Recently Rediscovered

Candice Gaukel Andrews April 18, 2013 8

With species going extinct so rapidly today, hearing that a new animal has been identified is welcome news. A bat that looks like a badger was recently discovered in the Republic of South Sudan, Africa; and this one, particularly, caught my attention, since I come from the “Badger State” of Wisconsin.

Bucknell University Associate Professor of Biology DeeAnn Reeder spotted the bat in the Bangangai Game Reserve. After returning to the United States, she determined that the bat was the same as one originally captured in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1939 and given the scientific name Glauconycteris superba. However, Reeder believes the “badger bat” represents a whole new genus now named Niumbaha, a term which means rare or unusual in Zande, the language of the Azande people in the state of Western Equatoria, where the bat was captured.

Bats are plant pollinators and consumers of astronomical amounts of insects, which make them ecologically important. Without them, many fruit-bearing plants would not generate fruits. In the United States, bats have such a positive effect on reducing insect pests that their contribution to agriculture has been valued in the billions of dollars each year.

For a bit of bat appreciation, watch the short video below. These nine baby bats are orphans temporarily residing at the Australian Bat Clinic. Although they are certainly cute, the clinic sends a reminder that you should never touch or approach a bat unless you are a registered rescuer and are vaccinated. Moving toward a wild bat may cause it to see you as a predator.

The baby bats will eventually be released back into the wild.

8 Comments »

  1. James Lawton April 20, 2013 at 4:06 am - Reply

    Quite exciting!

  2. Alexi Holford April 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    that is awesome! thanks for sharing.

  3. Marie Koko April 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    OMG it’s so cute!

  4. Michelle Garcia April 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Adorable!

  5. Emily Mabee May 4, 2013 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Baby animals are just so adorable. I am glad this species survived. thanks for posting.

  6. s j brown May 5, 2013 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Thanks for the link. My granddaughter is really into bats so I e mailed her the link.

  7. Ella Jeans May 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    OMG they’re adorable!! thanks for sharing them.

  8. They killed it January 24, 2014 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Guess you all didn’t read the whole story elsewhere. They “euthanized” it and “preserved” it for further studies.
    Yes, lets kill a rare species for study, since we can learn so much more from it dead than observing it naturally ALIVE and possibly discovering ways to encorage breeding to increase population of this beautiful little creature. Why do humans need to kill and covet everything like a damn trophy? Disgusting!

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