To Avoid Starving, Bats Drop Their Heart Rates Dramatically

Bats in Panama vary their heart rates dramatically, and that isn’t usual. Researchers have found that a bat’s heart rate varies between 1000 beats per minute when they are flying all of the way down to 200 beats per minute when they are resting. Other animals lower their heart rates during longer time periods like hibernation, but these bats slow their heart rates drastically several times each hour. In an environment where they might not find enough food, this ability helps protect the bats from starving to death.

Here is a short glimpse of these tent making bats:

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