Batman Is Actually Coming to the Rescue – of Bats

Before there was Batman, there were bats — lots and lots of them. But just as things got darker and more difficult for citizens of Gotham in the comic books and on the screen, in real life bats were going through a similar struggle. The supervillain to blame: white-nose syndrome, a rapidly spreading invasive fungus taking the lives of thousands of bats. Luckily Batman himself—and the entire crew from his film—came to the rescue.

“Zack contacted us after hearing about the devastation that is happening to bat populations across North America and wanted to do something,” said Rob Mies, executive director of the Organization for Bat Conservation (OBC), about how Zack Snyder, director of the upcoming ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘ reached out to him while filming the movie just a few miles down the road from the organization’s headquarters. “We came out to the set and he was really concerned about bats and said ‘why don’t we build a bunch of houses?’”

Mies took Snyder up on his idea and the entire cast and crew of the movie got to work building 110 bat houses out of the movie’s set, repurposing materials that would have just gone to waste. The houses are now being auctioned off on Ebay from March 21 until April 4, with all proceeds going towards feeding and caring for the 200 “injured, orphaned or somehow unreleasable” bats living at OBC.

“Essentially these bats are on the verge of completely dying out,” said Ben Affleck, who plays Batman in the film, about the plight of the animals on a PSA about the crew’s project. “Not only would we lose an extraordinary species but the death of our bats would be catastrophic to our ecosystem.”

Thinking of investing in one of the bat houses hand painted and signed by none other than Amy Adams, Affleck or Snyder? According to Mies, they come with way more benefits than major bragging rights.

“[Bats] actually eat lots and lots of bugs,” he says of the perks of keeping the species alive and healthy around one’s neighborhood. “They protect our crops, our forests, our gardens and make our lives a lot less itchy.”

And all of the urban legends about them getting stuck in people’s hair, drinking their blood or being rats with wings are only rumors, he adds. Plus, by putting a bat house outside, they’ll stop squatting in your attic.

“Bats are what we call crevice dwelling animals,” Mies explains. “They need somewhere safe and warm and dry where they can sleep during the day, that’s why they sleep in people’s attics and become a nuisance so a bat house solves that problem.”

Since the dreaded white-nose syndrome that has killed six million bats in the U.S. and Canada alone develops during hibernation, a bat house also serves as a safe shelter. Bats can wake up healthy, reproduce (they have about one baby per year) and give their species a fighting chance.

For those looking to spend a little less on their saving the bats effort, OBC sells regular bat houses on their website as well. They may not be signed by a superhero but they will still send bats the bat-signal that it’s a good place to live in for a while.

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144 comments

william Miller
william M11 months ago

thanks

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill1 years ago

Who doesn't love Batman?

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CLAUDE Hennie
CLAUDE Hennie1 years ago

Bats are so cute. Some architects has been clever and build building with holes for bats and birds. It should be generalized.

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Rose-Marie Grobbelaar

I have seen s baby bat. It is incredible cute and tiny. And so dependent on it's mom. But all babies needs a chance of life. No matter the species. No matter how big or small.

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Fred L.
Fred L1 years ago

All the best to bats, all wildlife, and to those that help them.

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federico bortoletto
federico b1 years ago

Grazie.

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joan silaco
joan s1 years ago

LOVE THAT BEN AFFLECK! I MEAN BATMAN!

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Ann B.
Ann B1 years ago

all creatures need our help--BATS TOO!!!

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Sharon B.
Sharon B1 years ago

Thanks

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