How many babies does a bat have?
Bats generally mate in fall and delay fertilization until spring, when the female usually gives birth to one offspring. Red bats, however, may produce twins or quadruplets. Young bats develop rapidly and most are able to fly within two to five weeks after birth. A newborn bat has well-developed feet and claws that are used to cling to its mother or to roost when the mother leaves to eat. Many young bat deaths occur when humans, often unknowingly, disturb a maternity roost colony. When disturbed, the mother bat becomes excited and flies, jerking the young bats and causing them to fall.