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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

37. The Long-Eared Bat
(Plecotus auritus)

37. The Long-Eared Bat

The long-eared bat is a remarkable little animal. Its immense ears are nearly as long as its head and body, and it waves them around like great antennae. It is fond of moth hunting and pursues its quarry around bushes and in and out of branches. Its eyes though bright are not large and it is believed that it hears rather than sees its way. In flight, it utters shrill supersonic squeaks inaudible to even the keenest of human ears. These sounds are reflected from its surroundings and picked up by its 'radar' outfit, of which the extraordinary ears are part.