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The Vampire Bat is the only species of bat that has retained its ability to maneuver on land, not only can they walk on land but they can also hop and run at surprisingly fast speeds!
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t there a species of bat in New Zealand that walks? They behave like shrews, if my memory serves…
Whoops, you’re absolutely right!
Mystacina tuberculata, the New Zealand lesser short-tailed bat, spends about 30% of its time scurrying around on the forest floor hunting invertebrates, filling a similar niche to mice and shrews. Definitely more terrestrial than the vampire bats.