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Bat Cave Report
2012 Texas Nature Conservancy Steward
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 • Posted July 4, 2012

Hello again dear readers. I promised you a wonderful surprise this week. I wanted to let you know that I have had my pup or baby bat and that she is the cutest little mammal in the world. She is pink and hairless and looks like a tiny, pink jelly bean. For those who have not been keeping up with this column, I would like to introduce myself.

I am Ms. Batty and I am one of the millions of Mexican free-tail bats visiting from Mexico that share The Eckert James River Bat Cave. We come here in April to have our babies and will leave again with the first significant cold front that usually occurs in October.

I have to stay very busy eating bugs for the next several months so that my little one can become what we call a juvenile. She will be almost my weight, almost my length, and have a beautiful black coat that feels like the softest mink. I will dine on moths that come to Texas to lay their eggs on farmers’ crops. The fat and protein in the eggs of the moths will help boost the baby’s growth in an exceedingly rapid way.

Only four short weeks and my mothering skills will basically no longer be needed until the next season. My tiny baby will emerge from the cave for the first time about the third week in July. It is then that she will join the emergence and wait for one of the little humans that visit The Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve to name her. What shall you call her? I got my name almost seven years ago from a little boy from England. He must be very big now. I know that his mommy is proud of him like I am proud of my little one. She is so cute. She will also be a fine mommy. She will come back next year ready to have her own little one.

I know that you want to see what my pup looks like, but she will not want to be disturbed until she starts coming out on her own to eat. She is not used to people. I have to ask anyone wanting to come to The Eckert James River Bat Cave to see us “perform” our synchronized ballet-like emergence to please come before 8:00 P.M. so that there is as little disturbance as possible.

There is plenty to eat this year due to the wonderful rains that have fallen over the last few months so we do not have to leave the cave until later in the evening. It is so much more pleasant than what we had to bear last year. We also would like you to come and watch us come in from our night time feasting. This is available on the third Saturday of July, August and September.

Call the Bat Steward Vicki on the bat hotline and make reservations for this event if you are interested. The bat hotline number is: 325-347-5970. Leave a message and I know that Vicki will get back with you. Speaking of getting back…my baby is probably screaming her little head off wanting her supper so I will bid you a wonderful evening and hope to see you at the cave very soon!

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