Photo of the day: World’s smallest mammal

2013-12-13 15:02
The Bumblebee Bat (Craseonycteris thonglongyai), is not only the world’s smallest mammal, but also in danger of extinction.

While some may not even know that these tiny creatures exist, we fear that the next generation may not have a choice. According to Live Science, the Bumblebee bat, discovered by zoologist Kitti Thonglongya in 1974, inhabits in limestone caves within forests in regions of western Thailand and south-east Myanmar, however, as a result of deforestation and tourism destroying the bats’ homes, the International Union for Conservation of Nature declared the Bumblebee Bat endangered in 2008.

Today’s photo of the day, by endangered species explorers, earthsendangered, captures the R5 coin-sized bat, in danger of extinction.

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