One Fun Thing: Is DC Going Batty?

Of course, it is — but not for the reason you think!  Washington, D.C. may not be a state (though it should be) but there is a proposal to name the “Little Brown Bat” as D.C.’s official “state” mammal. Bats have been the subject of much negative attention thanks to their connection to coronavirus, but they are not all bad!  This “cute” little creature lives in wetlands along the side of rivers, can fly up to 22 mph and eats up to 1,200 bugs like mosquitoes, flies, beetles a night. These bats are endangered — their populations have mostly been wiped out in the U.S. by a fungal disease called White-Nose Syndrome.  In the hope of raising awareness about the Little Brown Bat, three Girl Scout troops from schools on Capitol Hill proposed that the D.C. Council adopt the bat as the official representative of the state.  It sounds like the perfect superhero swamp creature to us!

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