May 4, 2009

Batling

You're looking at a baby Pipistrellus pipistrellus bat, named after the Italian word for bat, pipistrello. Baby bats are called pups. The wikipedia entry on this bat describes it as having a "weak, fluttery flight reminiscent more of a butterfly than anything else."

Come on, is that a kind way to invite this pup into the world, with those harsh words? Weak and fluttery? Bats are hunters; you can't lump them in with butterflies. Butterflies are prey! This batling needs to know that he will be the terror of the insect world, that bugs will flee his squeak, and that his flitting about and indirect flight will be the stuff of nightmares to countless chitin-covered creepy crawlies.

Thanks for the bat, Denita.

Photo source: Wikipedia.com

10 comments:

Deaf Indian Muslim Anarchist! said...

haha awww... that's so cute. "weak like a butterfly..." LMAO!

onionpencil said...

just a bit o bat! too dear.

Denita TwoDragons said...

Does he not wanna make you pet hims widdew wrinkewy bawd head and go "Aww, who's'a oogy cyootie!"...?

--TwoDragons

niner said...

Absolutely adorable!!

Anonymous said...

So cute, even the name is sweet. Like a gelato flavour - 'scoop of Pipistrellus and pistachio thanks'.

bats :[ said...

"Ahm nekkid an' little, but ahm gonna get me that moth, one of these days..."

Anonymous said...

precious!

Anonymous said...

Arachnophile here! I know it's been a LONG time. I miss all the intelligent posts and comments. *waves to Denita* :D OK... other than that assume I said nothing!



OMG... you got me back in comment MODE!

I don't care what ANYONE SAYS that is on freaking ADORABLE little proto-mammal. ;)

... don't get me started on those crazy PRIMATES! ;)

Vanessa said...

What good timing to see your bat post - I saw my first bat of the season on my walk tonight.
They're adorable.

ther1 said...

The head looks like Bucky Katt's from that comic strip, "Get Fuzzy."