Texas bat cave could be owned by someone new

A large Texas ranch is coming up for sale for an asking price of $26 million. The ranch is home to one of the world’s largest bat caves and would include that cave in the sale of the land. According to the Texas Nature Conservancy, upwards of one million Mexican free-tail bats live and hibernate in the Fern Cave. By volume, it is the largest cave in the entire state of Texas. Bats have been battling white-nose syndrome all over the United States and preserving these kinds of caves for them to roost in is important.

Bats are known to carry many diseases, some that can be transmitted to humans and some that cannot. There are over 130 types of viruses that can be found in bats, an extremely high number. Viruses carried in bats, however, seem to be transmitted to humans at more frequent rate than any other animal. The new Coronavirus is suspected to have originated in bats, for example. There are many reasons why bats pass on viruses to humans such as coming into contact more frequently with humans and roosting in large numbers.

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Texas paradise for sale, includes one of world’s largest bat caves

Who says you can’t own paradise? Or maybe a bat cave?

OK, so it’s not THE bat cave, but Monarch Ranch in West Texas is home to one of the world’s largest caves, known as Fern Cave, according to a press release.

According to Texas Nature Conservancy over 1 million Mexican free-tail bats nest in Fern Cave, which is located on the western portion of Monarch Ranch and is considered the largest cave, in terms of volume, in Texas, according to Republic Ranches. Learn more

Summary: A large ranch in Texas is up for sale and it includes an added bonus. It includes one of the largest bat caves in the world. The cave is home to Mexican free-tail bats.

Bats Carry Many Viruses. Why Don’t They Get Sick?

Like Ebola virus in Africa and the Nipah virus in Asia, the new coronavirus — 2019-nCoV — appears to have originated in bats. So why do so many infectious diseases emerge from bats?

First, bats carry a great variety of viruses — and the viruses they carry seem more likely to spread to people. Kevin Olival, vice president of research at EcoHealth Alliance, U.S.-based nonprofit, says scientists aren’t completely sure why, but it may have to do with the families of viruses that some bats tend to carry. There are over 130 different kinds of viruses found in bats. See more

Summary: Bats are known to carry many diseases, some that can be transmitted to humans and some that cannot. There are over 130 types of viruses that can be found in bats, an extremely high number.

Via Texas Public Radio

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