Friday, January 13, 2017

ZooWeird 44

A doggerel series about odd or little-known animals.

Kitti's Hog-nosed Bat is the sole representative of the family Craseonycteridae. The species is best known for being the world’s smallest bat and mammal, with an average weight of only 2 g! This little critter occurs exclusively in western Thailand and southeast Burma, occupying limestone caves along rivers, within dry evergreen or deciduous forests. (All animal info from

“You’ve got a hog-nose, little bat”—
So said the hog. In nothing flat
The bat swooped down and bit the nose
Of Mr. Hog, who learned—now knows
You must be careful what you say,
For hog-nosed bats just do not play.
They’re sensitive about their looks—
Though this is not much-told in books.
So with this critter, use some grace
Or Mr. Bat will chew your face!

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