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BATS Magazine

VOLUME 10, NO. 2 Summer 1992


In The Pink


Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) are born hairless, already weighing up to a third of their mother's weight. For up to an hour or so after birth, the baby remains attached to its mother by the umbilical cord, preventing it from falling while mother and baby become familiar with each other's scent and vocalizations. Mothers roost separately from their babies who cluster tightly to maintain warmth, sometimes at 500 per square foot. Remarkably, each mother finds and nurses her own baby amidst the mass of pink bodies vocalizing for attention.

These bats of the American West and Southeast give birth to a single young from mid-June to early July. At least half won't survive their first year, and in the absence of human interference, colony numbers tend to stabilize with normal mortality from old age.

Young will first learn to fly in four to five weeks.

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All articles in this issue:
ON THE COVER
Bass Family Invest in a New Era of Bat Conservation
Bats and OLD-GROWTH FORESTS: Are Both Vanishing?
The Southeastern Bat: Another Cave-roosting Species in Peril
Protecting the Bats of Devil's Den
Bats and Human Hair
The James River Bat Cave
BCI Needs Your Ideas
BCI Moves to New Office
Employment Opportunities at BCI
New Children's Video
WISH LIST
REVIEWS
LETTERS
In The Pink

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