Today’s daily prompt: You’ve been asked to do a five-minute presentation to a group of young schoolchildren on the topic of your choice. Describe your presentation.
I love to educate children about bats. When I was a teenager and in college, I worked in a petting zoo. One of my supervisors there was a licensed bat rehabilitator. She taught me a lot about bats. I had my first live encounter with a bat when I was in veterinary school (you can read about it here) and that’s when my interest in them began.
When my kids were in elementary school, I borrowed my friend’s two little brown bats, and visited several classrooms where I did a little “bat education.” My main goal was to do away with the myths that people always hear about bats. You know the myths: that bats love to get tangled in your hair, that all bats carry rabies, that bats are blind, and that bats are dirty aggressive animals, etc. None of those are true and I love nothing more than to dispel those myths and to present the correct facts: mainly that bats are beneficial animals and are very important to our ecosystem. I also love to see a child’s eyes light up when they get to see a live bat up close and even touch one.
That’s what my presentation would be about. Bats!