Baby bat’s epic journey
A BABY bat has astounded British experts by completing an epic journey in record time, despite being a member of a species renowned for its laziness.
The female greater horseshoe bat flew more than 161km from central England to a colony in Dorset, southwestern England, in less than three months.
The endangered species navigates using very short-range echo location calls, which reach no more than 20 metres, making long journeys very difficult.
Experts were amazed that the female baby managed to find another colony and avoid predators en route.
One or two long journeys have been recorded by males before, but have usually taken up to two years.
Research student Jon Flanders, who found and ringed the bat, said it wasn’t clear why she had undertaken the trip, as the animal was still not old enough to breed.