ISU Bat Festival focuses on social life of bats

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The 13th Annual Bat Festival was all about fun for the family and education through special presentations and hands-on activities.

The event included face-painting, a bat cave, and live bat demonstrations.

This year’s theme, “Always Hanging Out: The Busy Social Life of Bats focused on bat social networks and behaviors.

It was an opportunity to learn the truth about common misconceptions people may have about bats.

“People often think that bats are out to get us. They think that bats want to bite you or bats want to eat you or suck your blood, and that’s not true at all. All of the bats that occur here in Indiana are insectivorous, meaning they eat insects. They’re actually really beneficial to us. They eat mosquitoes and they eat the moths that eat the corn. They eat moths and beetles that eat our trees in our forests. So, bats are incredibly helpful to us,” said Joy O’Keefe, director of ISU’s bat center.

The festival ended with additional events at Dobbs Park Saturday evening.

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