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Thu Aug 29, 2019, 11:29 PM

Endangered bats: The manicure helping to save a species

By Helen Briggs
BBC News
2 hours ago

The Cuban greater funnel-eared bat (Natalus primus) has only one known home in the world

One of the world's rarest bats is now confined to a single cave in Western Cuba with less than 750 remaining, according to a population survey.

Scientists are highlighting the plight of the animal, saying its last home is vulnerable to collapse.

The Cuban greater funnel-eared bat was rediscovered in 1992 after being declared extinct.

Fossils of the species have been found across Cuba and neighbouring islands, suggesting it was once widespread.

On an expedition to the cave, researchers used different colours of nail varnish to mark the bats' "nails" so they could tell each one apart and count them.


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