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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Bats

Last year
# bat-streets back
Minister Noonan urges rare Irish bats to hang in there at conservation plan launch
The species has an estimated population of 12,790 and is confined to the six western counties; from south Mayo down to west Cork.
All time
# North Circular Road
Concern over bats' welfare cited by group opposed to plans for 18 apartments in Dublin
The case has been brought before the High Court.
# Bats
Bats caught in Thai countryside as researchers probe coronavirus origins
The closest match to coronavirus has been found in horseshoe bats in Yunnan in southern China.
# Immunity
Bats’ genes can help them fight off coronaviruses, study suggests
The study analysed how bats are able to survive coronaviruses, as well as their ability to use echolocation.
# wuhan lab
Wuhan lab had three live bat coronaviruses 'but none that match Covid-19'
The United States and Australia have called in recent weeks for an investigation into the origins of the pandemic.
# China
Early suspicions on pangolins and a laboratory, but scientists still convinced bats and animal market played key role in Covid-19
“The market had an animal there that amplified the virus and gave it to a lot of people, because of the first 48 cases, 26 were associated with the market. That rings alarm bells.”
# new record
People given free beer as temperatures top 49 degrees in Australia
Heat-stressed bats are falling from trees.
# batbaby
Baby bat adorably feasts on a banana, steals the internet's heart
Bats are the new cats.
# Donegal
Man put in hospital after masked robbers armed with bats break into his house
The robbers also had a pellet gun.
# time out
Need a 10-minute break? Step into the Reading Room…
Why bats spread Ebola, remembering Robin Williams, and inside the Islamic State.
# bat detector
Superhero* nature lovers wanted for Irish bat survey
*Don’t worry, there’s no leaping off buildings involved – just the willingness to volunteer.
# sars
Chinese bats likely source of SARS virus - report
Researchers have also said that direct bat-to-human transmission is “plausible”.
# Bat Protection
Bat experts gather in Dublin Castle to discuss 'hot topics'
Dene nene nene nene…EUROBATS!
# Bats
Bats have accents, say scientists
It’s not just humans who speak in regionalised dialects, as Australian team discover local variations in bats too.