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Big Brown Bat Males Call 'Dibs' on Food

Caption: As big brown bats wake up from their winter slumber and start zooming around in pursuit of insects to eat, how do they coordinate their activities in the dark of night? For one thing, according to researchers who report their findings on March 27 in the Cell Press journal Current Biology, males do it by telling other males to back off. In so doing, those vocal males -- each with their own distinctive calls -- increase their chances of a meal.

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