Female Hatchling

Female Hatchling
Name: unnamed
Species: Vesperbat
Birthday: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Owner: Siggy

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Vesperbat pups are about the same size as a penny and covered in fluffy fur that makes them look like little gray dandelions. They cling to their mothers' fur until their wing muscles grow strong enough for them to fly, meaning they join their mothers for every nighttime hunt. The juvenile bats hatch without the sharp senses of the adults, but they grow them quickly, avidly watching their mothers hunt. Eventually, the pups learn to fly themselves and use their powerful stinger to catch juicy caterpillars and crickets to eat.

The much-maligned distant cousin of honeybats, vesperbats don't produce any sweet treats but they do deliver painful stings. Their barbed tails are used to kill small prey items and are thus armed with painful venom. However, this venom is harmless to most humans. The only real danger comes if someone stung is allergic or disturbs the caves where vesperbats live. They form massive nests made of chewed wood pulp of a similar consistency to paper, which when it hardens, camouflages perfectly with the rough surface of the cave walls. The nests are warm, secure places where the bats can sleep, but because of their fragility, a careless wanderer could easily bust a hole in the surface and ruin weeks of work. This is especially dangerous in the winter months when the bats sleep, so they defend their nests ferociously, swarming any intruder who wanders too close.

Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: PKGriffin