Fast Facts: Bats (Part 3)

Welcome to Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope!

I’m Carl Kerby, and we’re talking about the only truly flying mammal … the bat. 

Many will argue that there are other mammals that fly like the Squirrel Glider, the Flying Squirrel, the flying Lemur or even the Gliding Possum, but none of those truly FLY.  They are amazing, but they all just glide. 

As a matter of fact, bats almost “swim” through the air.  They use their wings to pull themselves through the air, much like Michael Phelps does when he’s swimming the “Butterfly!”

Fact is, bat’s wings are nothing short of a miracle.  They’re made up of cartilage with small amounts of calcium and are very flexible. 

There are two layers of skin that stretch over the bone that’s also flexible which allows the shape of the bat’s wings to vary based on wind direction and speed. 

But wait, there’s more that we’ll talk about in the next Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope. Until then, stay bold!

Carl Kerby is the founder of Reasons for Hope and co-creator of the DeBunked apologetic video series. His radio feature, Fast Facts, is heard weekly on VCY America, Saturdays at 9:25 AM Central.

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