10 Astounding Facts About The Legendary Bats Of Austin

9. Bats are actually adorable

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If this little guy isn’t cute, then we don’t know what is. Photo: Flickr user USFWS/Ann Froschaeur, CC licensed.

Just look at that face. Is that the face of a terrifying, blood-sucking demon? No. Adult Mexican free-tailed bats have oversized ears and little wrinkly faces, not unlike those of terrier puppies. In fact, baby bats are actually called “pups.” When grounded, Mexican free-tails behave a lot like rodents, sniffing at the air and intelligently surveying their surroundings. Once airborne, they squeak! You just think they’re ugly flying beasties. We promise, they’re not.