The largest known cooperative community of mammals spend their summers together inside Bracken Cave near San Antonio, Texas. During the day, 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats raise their 20 million pups, while each night they gulp down an estimated 150 tons of insects! The bats winter in Mexico and mate in the spring. Then, for a reason unknown to scientists, only the females fly to Texas.

During their migration, the bats fly 40 miles per hour at an altitude of eight to ten thousand feet. Once settled in at Bracken Cave, they become pregnant from the sperm of male bats which they have carried on the journey with them! Four months later each has a single pup. Although the cave's one-room nursery has 20 million noisy pups, a mother can find her own baby in as little as twelve seconds.

How marvelous is our God who created such wonders!

From A Closer Look at the Evidence by Kleiss, April 21.

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