Tuesday December 4, 2012, 6:07 pm
Sorry but I really have to disagree with this one--think about it--the most dangerous animal that spreads diseases to humans are 'government officials' by not passing laws to cease the destruction of Mother Earth by corporations and big business. Most chemicals, etc., that are used have caused more illnesses to the human race and animals than any disease any animal could cause. Bless all who love Mother Earth.
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 8:31 am
Bats are ENORMOUSLY beneficial to humans! They pollinate crops (love cashews? THANK A BAT!) and eat many tons of insects every year!
Stories like this one make me afraid that some LOONS will go out and eradicate bat colonies...the way they do rattlesnakes, wolves, mountain lions, and many other animals unfortunate enough to be in their "sights."
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:09 pm
Noted. I agree with others in that I believe it's human to human transmission that is the most dangerous. I also agree with Pam W that stories like thisone make me fear for bat colonies everywhere. Thanks so much, Cal.
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 1:15 pm
Noted."What about mosquitos?"
Good point Lindsay.. Mosquitoes cause heart worm in dogs and other critters leaving one to wonder, What does that mean for US? These pesky bugs are carriers of all sort of bad news. including West Nile Virus! Not to mention their bites not only hurt/itch but can become infected.
Bats eat Mosquitoes and I welcome their evening excursions. I believe the bat has been seriously maligned. While Rabies can be an issue, not all bats are carriers of Rabies.
Excerpt: " According to Austin-based Bat Conservation International, a single colony the size of the one found each summer beneath Austin’s Congress Avenue Bridge — roughly a million members — devours about 10 tons of insects (mosquitoes, moths, beetles, etc.) during its evening rounds. That’s 20,000 lb. of flying, biting, potentially disease-carrying, crop-destroying bugs for dinner. Every. Single. Night."
Bats that eat Mosquitoes are seriously endangered and that could be the reason for the rise in the mosquito population.
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 2:50 pm
I agree with Darlene.... It's when we as man go into the habitats of animals, we screw it up. Leaving a trail of destruction behind. Bats do such good for the environment! If we stopped eating meat and we cleaned up our environment, I think there would be less disease, since Mother Nature would be in balance!
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 3:49 pm
Once again a researched article has been published that has not been actually researched enough, Whilst some Bats, notably Flying Foxes enjoy a foul reputation, especially here in Australia, there are many other specie, especially insectivorous bats whose benefit to mankind is astronomical. Far outweighing any Bat infestation is the damage done by Ducks with several flue episodes attributed to them, each time the sickness emanating from Chinese intensive duck farming areas, where the human population, and other avian species, were attacked by the viruses and died in their millions. Blaming the ugly Bat is really ducking the question.
Wednesday December 5, 2012, 5:54 pm
Thanks for posting. I hope people don't go on a rampage killing bats because of this. The mention of the duck farms in China made me think that perhaps when animals are confined like this that they're much more susceptible to acquiring illnesses. The same applies to the meat, pork and chicken farms and stockyards in our country. We humans are bringing this upon ourselves, I'm afraid.
Thursday December 6, 2012, 4:50 am
Well thank you ! Now all the time, expense and books, etc. I and other educators have used for the last 20 yrs. which were helping to protect these wonderful creatures can be tossed on the trash heaps.