It’s kind of a bummer to be a bat these days. Bats (Chiroptera) used to have a pretty sweet deal. They could navigate using the awesomeness that is echolocation, turn into vampires, and frankly scare the shit out of everyone while being no bigger than a fist when freakily hanging upside down.
But things are not looking good for these hairy little monsters. According to recent studies, bats are getting killed by the Bruce Wayne-ful by wind turbines. Apparently, when they fly near these airborne killing fields, if they get too close to the negative pressure zone behind the spinning turbine, the decreased pressure in the region causes the blood vessels in their lungs to expand and burst, killing them. So basically, hippies who support alternative energy are murdering small animals. Way to go guys. Next time I’ll think twice when I am asked to go to a pet store with you. It’d be like My Lai, with puppies.
I am an exception to the small = cute rule