Baby bat’s epic jour­ney

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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.

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