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Bats as State Symbols

by on May 13, 2015

The Hawaiian Hoary Bat will be named the official state land mammal of Hawaii.

This change brings the total number of states that have a bat as some sort of state symbol to four; Texas, Virginia, and Oklahoma have a designated flying mammal. In 1995, Texas was the first state to declare an official state flying mammal. The Mexican free-tailed bat (an alternative name for the Brazilian free-tailed bat) was designated the Texas flying mammal because they are important to the health of ecosystems and eat lots of crop pests.

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