Little Bats Stay Cozy Wrapped Up Like Little Burritos
Umm ... there's a reason why these ... these bats are snuggled together in a long line, uhhh ... wrapped up in tiny blankets, and sucking on pacifiers.
Something about mimicking the warmth and security of a mama bat in the wild. Or something.
WOULD YOU LOOK AT THESE BATS?
And the world may never be the same.
Some of these images were shared 60,000 times. If you listen carefully, you might even hear a collective oooh from a world gone gushingly mad.
These are not the Christmas heroes we deserve. They're the heroes we want.
If you can somehow manage to recombobulate yourself in the face of such stupefying sweetness, here's what you should know.
These babies wouldn't be around if not for the efforts of Bats QLD, a group dedicated to rescuing the creatures, known in Australia as flying foxes.
Bats have been particularly down and out in the land Down Under, thanks to ongoing efforts by local businesses to eradicate them, or at least, strongly discourage their presence, citing stench and noise.
Some towns have declared an all-out war on bat kind.
"They are the most beautiful animals, we realize they're meant to be there but there's way too many of them," one exasperated woman, whose home bordered a bat colony, told the Australian Broadcasting Company.
As if their days don't get dark enough, this season - spanning October through February - is considered orphan season.
That's when bats typically give birth to their young in Australia. But adults are often killed by fishing lines, fruit webbing and barbed wire, leaving a baby, literally, just hanging there. Since they're too young to fly, these babies are effectively sentenced to a slow, isolated death.
Unless, of course, they find their way into the loving arms and blankets and pacifiers of Bats QLD.
"We sort of look out for the underdog," Ashley Fraser, a volunteer at Bats QLD tells The Dodo. "The poor bats have such a negative reputation, but they are in fact the most gorgeous and intelligent creatures. They are so vital to our ecosystem and the sustainability of native Australian forests."
Those pacifiers? They're made mostly of rubber.
And the blankets?
"In the wild they would normally be clinging onto their mums side, nestled under her wing and latched onto her teat," reads a Bats QLD Facebook post. "So to best mimic this we provide them a mumma roll to hold onto, a wrap to snuggle them with and a dummy to suck on. So yeah, they love to be swaddled, snuggled and wrapped up."
So, yeah, there's more to these baby bats with soothers bundled in blankets than just the adoration overload. There's a bigger picture. A vital picture.
Have you seen this one?
Or this one?
Bats QLD relies entirely on donations. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a bat, visit the website here.