Fruit bats at the zoological garden at Tel Aviv University. Jens Rydell

How Do You Say 'Do You Come Here Often' in Bat Language?

By documenting the behavior of bats living in an artificial cave, researchers were able to distinguish between complaints about unwanted courting, quarrels over food or plain gossip among the winged mammals that never stop chirping.

Complaints by men about nagging wives are a popular theme in popular culture. If bats had standup comics, the males among them would probably also depict the females as howling tyrants who keep them under...

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