Bats get a bad rap. From Dracula to dark caves, they've been firmly classified in the "terrifying" category of our imagination. Just don't tell that to these guys, who are more cute than blood-curdling. Bats are the only mammals who can truly fly, and with over 1,000 species worldwide, they make up a quarter of all mammal species on earth. Don't they deserve a little more respect?
1. This flying fox may be one of the largest bats in the world, but don't let that scare you - these bats are vegetarians. Flying foxes dine mostly on fruit, nectar and pollen.
(Flickr: Shek Graham)