Little Brown Bats: Waiting for the Right Time
Because these bats mate in the autumn but hibernate during winter, females store sperm for seven months to delay pregnancy until springtime. While bats normally hang upside down, females stand upright to give birth and catch their babies in a membrane between their legs. Newborns cling to their mothers even during nighttime flights as they search for food.
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(Image: Little brown bat. Source: Ann Froschauer/UWFWS via a Creative Commons license.)