Although associated with Halloween and
horror movies, bats are nothing to be afraid of. Most bats live
on a diet of insects, and are a big help in keeping down the insect
population, while others enjoy eating fruits and vegetables. While
one species of bat does indeed drink blood, you're not likely to
find them in your back yard, and certainly not sucking on your neck.
Bats are secretive animals that tend to live in large colonies,
and feed at night with the aid of eccolocation (a way of "seeing"
with soundwaves.) Although there are other mammals that have learned
to glide, bats are the only ones that can actually fly.