Halloween Animals We Love to Fear 1

Check out the Cove Rattler each week this October for an ongoing series of Halloween Animals We Love to Fear.  Each week a different animal will be featured that you will find at The Cove and around any good haunted house.

You know, the cool animals that can be just too cute for words until Halloween comes and then we are afraid of them.  You will find that those “evil, blood sucking, monsters” lurking around every corner in October offer us many benefits, they may even save you a lot of money or save your life!

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Long ago we made up stories to explain the unexplainable – often with a few flaws in logic.  Now we make up stories to entertain ourselves.  Masterful storytellers, like  Bram Stoker (Dracula) and Edgar Allen Poe (The Raven) and movie writers/makers like Alfred Hitchcock (The Birds), J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter) and Don Jakoby (Arachnophobia) can spin powerful yarns that cause a chill to race down your back.  Even Disney Movies starred villainous vultures, ravens, owls,wolves, snakes, cats and mice.

So let’s demystify some common misconceptions.

Week 1 – BATS

 

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The Truth About Common Myths:  Bats are not blind, they do not get stuck in your hair and death is not coming if they fly around your house three times. More importantly they do not turn into vampires (much to the disappointment of millions of Twilight fans).

Among the least appreciated but most beneficial of mammals, bats are a vital part of entire ecosystems – and worth literally billions of dollars to the world economy. They are also the mammal capable of self-flight.

Local bats in Central Oregon are micro bats. They are generally small, nocturnal (come out at night), insectivores (eat insects), use echolocation and yes, they do sleep upside down. Bats provide natural pest control, resulting in less pesticide use and less crop damage.  Some bats can eat 800 – 1000 mosquitoes in an hour!  The Pallid Bat can eat scorpions!

Even the most feared, the Vampire Bat, the only mammal that feeds entirely on blood, only laps up a couple of tablespoons of blood – typically from cattle – a day. Never fear, the good news is that they live in Central and South America.
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  • If you need a few more reasons to rethink your position on bats:
  • Humans obtain 80 different medicines from plants that rely on bats for survival.
  • Bats can slow the spread of West Nile Virus
  • The vampire bat has saliva that can be used to prevent heart attacks in humans.
  • Bat Guano is a very rich, organic fertilizer for your garden.
  • NASA used bat guano in explosive charges used to deploy antennas in Mercury and Gemini capsules.

Remember, come back next week to see how flies in to visit…

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