How Bats Care for Their Babies?

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Did you know that female bats actually take care of each others’ babies? They form a group called Maternity Colony and raise their babies together. Apparently, they also believe that “it takes a village to raise a child”.

Bats, like other mammals, don’t have many babies at a time. Most of them give birth to only one baby at a time. When born, pups are an inch long and completely dependent on their mothers. They feed with mother’s milk at first, and then they need their mothers to go out and fetch them some food.

While a mother is outside, her baby stays in the cave with other babies. When she returns, she knows exactly which baby is her – bat mothers can recognize cry and smell of their babies.