The Bats Who Feed Trees
On today’s Creation Moments Minute, find out why the world’s giant rainforests owe their very existence to the lowly fruit bat.
Rainforests typically receive 12 or more feet of rain per year. That much rain washes out of the soil most of the nitrates needed by the trees for growth. What the trees need is a rich source of nitrates that is constantly being replaced.
Fruit bats find ideal daytime sleeping rooms inside the great hollow branches of the towering trees. The accumulating layer of bat guano inside the trees is one of the richest sources of nitrates known. So the bats provide the tree with the nitrates it needs in exchange for a protected home during the day!
The Creator has devised this ingenious way to provide for the needs of His creatures. Truly, the Lord provides all living things with their food in just the way they need it!
Ref: Perry, Donald. “Life in the treetops.” 1978. Science Digest, Oct. p. 26.