God’s Creative Work Displayed in the Bat
Newborn bats are called pups, and even before they are fully born, the bat pup can be in danger. God has made it so that it is born bottom first, this prevents the wings from getting tangled, and then the mother bat gently cradles this newborn pup in her wing and tail membranes.
Yes, a bat is a mammal and is actually the only mammal that can maintain a sustained flight. Being more flexible and able to maneuver better than even a bird can, the bat will spread out its digits that are in their wings and are covered by a thin membrane. This little creature will fold in its wings as it flies on the upstroke. This helps them reserve their energy up to 35%.
The tiny bat’s wings have receptacles across the surface of them. They are small bumps calls Merkel Cells and are the same little cells that we also have on our own fingertips. But each of these bumps is even more sensitive than humans because bats have a tiny hair in the middle of their Merkel Cells which allows them to detect the best speed at which to fly.
The Mexican Free-Tail bat is the fastest of the species and can go up to 99 mph! The smallest bat is only about 5 inches across with its wingspan, which is why we think of bats as tiny. But actually, the largest has a wingspan of over 5 1/2 feet across! Another fantastic fact is that it is thought that when a bat is under stress it can actually swim!
We’ve all seen bats hanging from the roof and ceilings, and while they may startle or be alarming to us, this too is another display of God’s work. Their tendons are what allow them to hang while at the same time requiring no muscles. In fact, it actually requires muscular power to let go rather than while they are hanging.
When a bat emits a call, they are some of the loudest of all flying animals. The sounds range from 60 to 140 decibels. At this level, one might wonder how the bat would not actually hurt his ears or even go deaf from his own call. This again is an amazing miracle from the Lord. The Lord has given them little ear muscles that contract when a bat sends out his call. Then remarkably, there is just enough time for him to relax his muscles so that he can actually hear the echo of the sound and correctly estimate how far away his prey is.
Another interesting fact that shows God’s detail and handiwork is that the vampire bat’s upper incisors lack enamel. Why is this important? The lack of enamel allows the teeth to stay razor sharp and not dull.
Although many people view bats as nuisances the Lord has ordained these creatures to be of great service. Here are just a few ways…
1. Bats help control pests by consuming insects, thereby reducing the need for pest control. A single brown bat can catch around 1,200 mosquito-size insects in one hour. They have also been known to consume 1 ton of insects per year!
2. Bat dung, which is called guano, is considered very valuable and even sought after as a commodity. Guano is gathered from caves and used as fertilizer. Bat guano also can be used to make gun powder and has also can be used as preservation for fossils.
3. Over 300 species of fruits rely on bats for pollination, and they also help spread seeds for nuts and other foods. There are so many plants that depend on bats for survival as well because of their help with pollination. Around 80 medicines have come from such plants.
Next time you see a little bat flying or hanging around, stop and marvel at God’s creative work displayed in the bat.
“Through faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Hebrews 11:3
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