Bats Are Not Our Enemies

Bats Are Not Our Enemies
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Bats get a bad rap.

From horror films to tabloid pages to Halloween, media and cultural depictions of our planet's only volant, or flying, mammals have long generated and reinforced unfounded fear. Their evident role as original source of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that produced the COVID-19 epidemic has exacerbated their unfortunate public image and even led to calls and active measures to cull or harass bat populations.

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