Baby Bats Babble Like Human Infants

Posted on August 23, 2006 

Baby Bats Babble Like Human Infants

Just like human children, bat pups may amuse themselves by saying the equivalent of “goo goo ga ga.”

Young greater sac-winged bats, like the one pictured here, make long strings of adultlike noises, according to research by Mirjam Knörnschild and her colleagues at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany.

The screeches, barks, and hisses have no social context, meaning the sounds are most likely babbling and not a form of communication, the scientists report in an upcoming issue of the journal Naturwissenschaften (listen to a babbling baby bat).

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