A colony of 300,000 bats call this Texas bridge home

STORY: There’s about 300,000 bats living

under this Texas bridge

L: Houston, Texas

They sleep during the day

And come out at night

Swarming through the city

looking for food

Their nightly emergence

usually draws a crowd

DIANA FOSS, TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT, SAYING:

"These bats are Mexican free-tailed bats. They’re also called Brazilian free-tailed bats in other parts of the country. And they eat primarily moths but they’ll eat other types of insects. And this particular colony can eat three tons of insects a night."

The colony was first

spotted in the early 1990s

DIANA FOSS, TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT, SAYING:

“There’s a lot of people that have all the myths in their head of the bats going to fly into a lady’s hair, get tangled. That a bat’s blind, so it’s not going to be able to see you. And all of that is false. So, unless you stand right in front of a bat, you know, it’s going to avoid you.”

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