Fleischfressende Pflanzen sind Batcaves

Fledermäuse übernachten regelmäßig in fleischfressenden Pflanzen und die ernähren sich von Fledermausexkrement. Fleischfressende Pflanzen sind Batcaves inklusive sanitärer Vorrichtung zur Aufnahme von Fledermausausscheidungen, sozusagen. Holy Crap, Batman! That Mouse shits into our House!

In a new study, published in the journal Biology Letters, scientists found that the unique subspecies had a extraordinary relationship with mammals. Dr Ulmar Grafe and his team investigated how the plants supplemented their nitrogen intake and were surprised to find woolly bats inside the pitchers.

"It was totally unexpected to find bats roosting in the pitchers consistently," says Dr Grafe. The small Hardwicke's woolly bats (Kerivoula hardwickii) were found roosting above the digestive fluids in the plants' pitchers.

Rather than consuming the whole bat for extra nitrogen, Dr Grafe found that the plants gained from the bats' waste. "The pitcher plant benefits from attracting the bat because the bats defecate into the pitcher, using it as a toilet if you will," he explains.

Bats in Borneo roost in carnivorous pitcher plants (via io9)