The Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat is only 3 cm in size! It's the smallest mammal in the world. It's in danger of going extinct because of logging in its forests and because its habitat is being polluted by people who have come to see it.
Body length: 2.9 to 3.3 cm
Weight: 1.5 to 2 g
(The 21st Century Endangered Animals of the World (Library edition) Gakken)
The Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat lives in the west part of Thailand.
The Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat flies around the forest at night, catching and eating spiders and insects.
Their bodies are only about 3 cm in size, but they are approximately 13 cm in size with their wings stretched out. Of course, they're really good at flying.
The smallest mammal in the world!
The Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat is only 3 cm in size! Together with the Eurasian Least Shrew, it's known as the smallest mammal in the world. Even though the Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat has a body as small as a teaspoon, it has the same internal organs as other mammals, including humans! Strange, isn't it? It's very careful, and it rests in the back of pitch-black caves during the middle of the day. When night falls, Kitti's Hog-nosed Bats fly out of their caves in search of food.
Its habitat has been polluted because it is popular?
One of the reasons that the number of Kitti's Hog-nosed Bats is decreasing is because of logging in the tropical rain forests where it searches for food. Another problem is the groups of people that come to see the Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat. Many people visit the caves to see the smallest mammal in the world, and this is causing the habitat of the Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat to become polluted. Sometimes the caves are also destroyed by mining for limestone. If nothing is done to change the situation, it is believed that the Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat will go extinct.
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