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Do bats always turn left when exiting a cave/building?

Asked by sakura (8215 points ) July 21st, 2009

A friend just asked me this and I have no idea. Googled it and it came up with erm yes, erm no and erm maybe!! So what is the answer??? Do they only turn left I can’t see why this would be of benefit to them?? I know this could be a yes no answer but explanations would be appreciated!

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fireinthepriory's avatar

Hmm. I’ve never studied bats, but I work with a post-doc who did his Ph. D on them, and he’s never mentioned anything like that. It doesn’t sound very plausible to me.

AstroChuck's avatar

After watching the Scooby-Doo title sequence I’ve determined that bats will fly out in all directions.

robmandu's avatar

In the case of the mexican free-tailed bats that live under the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, TX, the answer is No.

I’ve witnessed them depart from the bridge coming from either side, meaning that the exit was made with a turn to the left for some, and a turn to the right for others.

Dorkgirl's avatar

Agreet with @robmandu just saw the bats on Saturday and they went left and right. Did not appear to be any pattern.

rooeytoo's avatar

There are about a thousand bats hanging from trees not far from here and when they take off in the evening, they go every which way. It is pretty amazing to see and repulsive to smell!

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Bats are omnidirectional.

Also, before anyone asks, duck quakes do echo.

marinelife's avatar

Actually, I can’t find any credible sources that say they do only fly left out of a cave. It seems to be myth.

ShanEnri's avatar

Never heard of it myself! As far as I know they go whatever direction they want to!

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

they do unless there is a tree there. I see bats around my neighborhood almost every evening. I love the little guys because they eat mosquitoes.

sakura's avatar

Thanks guys xx

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

one bat, two bats… fifty Bats! Ah, ah, ahhh!

sakura's avatar

@ABoyNamedBoobs03 hahaha! Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street!!

critter1982's avatar

Definitely not. They do however have flight patterns. So if you see one come out of the cave and fly left one morning, most likely he will do the same the next morning. Most of them also fly over sources of water right after they wake up

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