Friday, November 7, 2008

Worlds Smallest Mammal :Facts About Bumblebee Bat

By Damir Jelic (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The World's smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat, Craseonycteris thonglongyai.

This little mammal is named after the bumblebee because it's such a small animal that weighs as much as a dime with a skull size of about 11 mm.

This little bat lives in caves of limestone hills and is mostly active at dusk. Once it's dusk they go on a hunt for little insects that they can find on trees. They are solitary mammals that live in groups, but rather prefer to hang alone.

Sadly it's a very rare animal that is small in size as in number, the bumblebee bat was discovered in 1974 in the region of Karmhanaburi Province in Western Thailand.

This bat is now an endangered specie because of the deforestation that is destroying their habitat. The last count of these bads was been made by the Royal Forest Department of the Thailand Government and they only counted like 160 specimens. With this low amount of specimens it makes it one of the twelve most endangered species on the planet.

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