Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Running Bats

Annie Gottlieb informs us that bats are capable of running. I was imagining them sprinting along in a bipedal, human way for some reason. That would make them kind of cute, wouldn't it? No, they do a quadrapedal "run" that involves a little hop in the middle, as is proven in this video. It's really more of a skip than a run.

Really, it most closely resembles a horse's gallop, because it is momentarily off the ground.
















The lesson, as Gottlieb suggests, is: next time you're worried about bats in the air, make sure you check behind your ankles, too. They might be on their way, unseen.

3 Comments:

Blogger sufferwords said...

Yeah Eadward Muybridge

Sufferwords

12:14 AM  
Blogger amba said...

That's neat, because when I saw the video of the bat running with the grid background, I also thought, "Whoever made this knows their Eadweard Muybridge."

12:17 AM  
Blogger Christopher Althouse said...

I'm sure the photographer fancies himself/herself a modern day Muybridge.

12:19 AM  

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