badger bat

Niumbaha superba. Photo by: DeeAnn Reeder.

I wish I could tell you I didn’t start screaming when I saw this BADGER BAT.  Scientists ran across this good looking bat in South Sudan earlier this year. It is a BAT that is striped like a BADGER. Some have tried to work the adjective “pandalike” into the conversation, but I’m not buying that nonsense.*

*I wrote the above paragraph before I found out that this amazing bat is dead and that all the cute photos I was swooning over pictured a scientific team posing with a specimen. Rather disheartening. Especially as that key fact is being left out of the many Cute Animal Updates I saw on the matter.

The scientist who found this bat says “”My attention was immediately drawn to the bat’s strikingly beautiful and distinct pattern of spots and stripes. It was clearly a very extraordinary animal, one that I had never seen before,” DeeAnn Reeder with Bucknell University says. “I knew the second I saw it that it was the find of a lifetime.”

I support the hell out of science but I have a city person’s attachment to animals: I feel let down by the death of this bat. It’s hard for me to understand the mindset of a person who sees “an extraordinary animal” and then kills it to study it. That said, Dr. Reed is studying white nose syndrome, a mysterious bat disease that is wreaking havoc on bat populations. This leads me to believe she’s contributing more to the general good of bats than I am.

Sometimes I wish the world was as black and white as this bat.dead badger  bat

Niumbaha superba. Photo by: DeeAnn Reeder.

Here is a low-quality photo montage created by my favored news source, The Weather Channel. So much cuter an hour ago.