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Bats of Mount Auburn By Regina Harrison Executive Assistant & Sales Coordinator Author’s Note: As you may be aware, bats are one of the types of animals potentially linked to the jump of the SARS-COV-2 virus from wildlife to people that began in Wuhan province, China. It is true that some bat species, particularly the Rhinolophid (Horseshoe) bats found in China, are ready carriers of SARS-type viruses. There is no conclusive evidence, however, for any specific type of animal as the source of COVID-19. When COVID-19 was transmitted from an animal to a human, it would have been under conditions of extremely close and/or direct contact with the animal’s bodily fluids under unsanitary conditions, presumably in a wildlife market. There is no reason to suspect that Mount Auburn’s bat species could be carriers of COVID-19, and even if they were, contagion is easily avoided simply by not handling them. Bats around the world are generally in more danger from us than we are from them. For more information on bats and COVID-19, visit Bat Conservation International at http://www.batcon.org/. 4 Two Creative Commons Hoary Bat photos: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lasiurus_cinereus_Portrait.jpg https://www.flickr.com/photos/stuartwildlife/6223243823/in/photostream/ Source of bat information: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/bats-of-massachusetts