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Bats fall from perch from shock in cold temperatures

Mexican free-tailed bats
Posted at 10:10 PM, Dec 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-30 11:36:58-05

Temperatures in Houston, Texas dropped to freezing levels in December to a level so cold that wildlife suffered.

From Dec. 22 temperatures dropped from 58º to an unusual 15º the very next day.

It was so shocking to the city's Mexican free-tailed bats that were hanging under Houston's Waugh Drive Bridge that they fell 15 to 30 feet to the pavement below, the New York Times.

Temperatures in Houston in December usually hover over 50º, with the city averaging about 13 days in December at over 70 º.

And temperatures in December in Houston can reach above 80º.

A total of 1,544 bats were rescued in the Houston area as freezing temperatures hit.