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Holy flying furball, Batman!

At right, from left, Angelique Badillo, 6, Victoria Monical, 6, Nicky McElroy, 6, Haley Suttlehan, 6, teacher Dina Vasiliou and Taylor Trapano, 6, of Guardian Angels Catholic School in Dunedin examine a small free-tail bat shown Thursday at the school by Ray Naylor of Bat World Everglades of Port Charlotte. The first-graders studied bats for three weeks, learning of the importance of the misunderstood mammals in helping to fertilize vegetation, spread seeds and control insect populations. Above, Naylor shows an Egyptian fruit bat to the students.

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