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Animal Scene - 2021-11-01

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BATS

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In the movie: Genetically mutated Bats escape, and it’s up to an expert and the local sheriff to stop them. In real life: Animal experimentation is cruel and should be banned, and this goes for all animals. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, the truth is that Bats rarely bite and will only attack humans when they feel threatened. Usually, this happens when humans come in close contact to them due to deforestation and urbanization that destroy the homes of small, winged mammals. If you’re afraid of contracting rabies, getting vaccinated before or after a bite can protect you. The good news is, according to the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, there are no rabies cases involving Bats in the country. The bad news is that Bats do have a bad rap especially because of COVID-19, but it’s unfair to blame them for our mistakes. Bats are shy creatures who play a major role in the ecosystem acting as pollinators and seed dispersers of hundreds of species of plants.

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