October 31, 2013 at 5:13 PM
Halloween rollout for Woodland Park Zoo’s Bat Cam
Hey, kids! (Or anyone else who likes spooky animals)
You can spy on furry, winged bats any time night or day, thanks to Woodland Park Zoo’s Bat Cam, which started streaming video on Halloween.
The camera is trained on the zoo’s six male Indian flying foxes. The lights will be turned off at 8 p.m., but the camera has night vision. Because the 4- to 7-year-old guys are nocturnal, there will be more activity to see at night.
The camera’s at www.zoo.org/batcam, and there’s a link that tells you everything you want to know about the flying mammals, such as their size (about 9 inches long), how long they live (21 years on average), how they mate (upside down) and how give birth (right side up, to take advantage of gravity).
And you can learn what they eat. It isn’t blood. A clue is found in another name for them, Greater Indian fruit bat.
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