Nature

Mexican Free-Tailed Bats Migrating to Midland for the Next Few Months

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KWES writes that those who live in the Midland area might notice some mysterious flying creatures up in the sky. Mexican free-tailed bats are migrating, and residents will see them for the next few months as they move through the area after summer. Mexican free-tailed bats are the same kind that live underneath the famous South Congress bridge in Austin. Midland residents might hear or see the bats emerge from underneath bridges as well.

“Migratory paths have been established for thousands and thousands of years. This is just something that’s engrained in their behavior,” Michael Nickell, a museum scientist with the Sibley Nature Center, told the news.

Bat Conservation International says that while they may look like “little gnomes with an overbite,” they are “some of the world’s most intriguing bats” due to their ability to reach a speed of up to 60 miles per hour and fly an amazing 10,000 feet in the air. Scientists even say that they can cover “290 miles a night” while migrating!

These bats are beneficial to have around since they feast on mosquitos, and they leave people alone. In turn, if you happen to see a bat on the ground or in water, leave it alone and contact Animal Control, though it’s very rare for them to get rabies.