Haha, don't have a heart attack. The ones here aren't THAT big. But here in the beach town, I'm lucky enough to be spared of the moths I battled back in Caipirópolis. (If you somehow missed out on the moth saga, check out my "Good Posts" page for the links.) Our new nightly winged friend is the bat.
In an attempt to wake myself up while falling asleep in front of my translation, I decided to research exactly which bat species it is we're seeing around here. That was actually hard to figure out! Based on its urban popularity and its gynormous size, my best guess is that it's the great fruit-eating bat:
But for some reason, while I cry in fear when a giant moth comes in to my apartment, I just think these little guys are so cute:
How can you resist those little faces?!
Over a year ago, I saw a special on Fantástico (a Brazilian news show) about a bat refuge in Australia, and the baby bats had little surgery cones!! It was precious. I found the article, but the video's not on the site anymore, and all of my internet searching for it was in vain.
I don't know if I'll feel the same if a bat ever comes into my apartment, or if Gatinha brings one into my bed, but for now, I'm on team bat.
What do you think? Which one freaks you out? Moths or bats? Or neither? Or both?