MTI reported that scientists named the miniature Olympian after the dwarf who flew 2018 kilometers from Britain to Russia. Biologists hope to draw conclusions from its course about how climate change is affecting species.
The pygmy dwarf bat (Nathusius’ pipistrelle) was found in a village in Russia’s northwestern Pskov region, according to the British Bat Restoration Trust, which specializes in bat species. The eight-gram animal, barely the size of a human thumb, was shaved off in 2016 near London Heathrow Airport. Unfortunately, shortly after his arrival in Russia, he was attacked and killed by a cat despite the efforts of Russian species conservationists.
It’s a trip like no other, and the longest we know of between Britain and Europe at bat. What an Olympian
Said Lisa Worledge, one of the leaders of the British organization.
The pygmy dwarf bat is found throughout Europe from the United Kingdom to Asia Minor, from Portugal to the Caspian Sea, Saint Petersburg in the north, and Greece in the south. It lives sporadically in the southern part of Hungary.
Some recent studies suggest that, unlike in the past, winter is now spent further north. Their numbers are increasing in the British Isles. According to the researchers, this northward migration is linked to climate change.
The journey between Britain and Russia is one of the longest with a jagged dwarf bat and the longest it has traveled from west to east. Most of these long journeys from Latvia to the west were recorded when an individual flew 2,224 kilometers from Latvia to Spain.
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