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.


Blogger sufferwords said...

Yeah Eadward Muybridge


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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