Pallid bat

Pallid bat
Antrozous pallidus

Pallid bats (Antrozous pallidus) are a species found all over the American West including Canada and Mexico, though there have been colonies found in other parts of the country. One may find these sandy brown bats in various habitats from grasslands to arid regions. 

These bats consume about half of their body weight each night, and are able to hunt so successfully because of their large ears which allow them to hear the faintest of sounds made by their prey on the ground. They eat a variety of ground dwelling arthropods including beetles, crickets, scorpions, spiders and much more. 

Lindsay’s pallid bat became a patient in the wildlife hospital in 2018. She was found on the ground of someone’s porch. After some testing, Lindsay’s hospital staff discovered that she flew abnormally because of swelling of the joints in her left wing. Because of her injury, she would not be an efficient hunter and thus would not thrive in the wild. While in care at Lindsay’s hospital, staff found out that she arrived pregnant. She gave birth to one baby, a rare and special occurrence. After nursing and a few months in care,  the offspring was successfully released back into the wild!