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It’s Not a Bird! It’s Not a Plane! It’s the Fastest Flying Mammal, Says UT Study

Close up of a Brazilian free-tailed bat. 
(Photo source/credit: Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation)

A new study from UT shows that the Brazilian free-tailed bat can achieve flight speeds that are faster than those previously documented for any bat or bird, achieving short bursts of ground speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. The research was published this week in the journal Royal Society Open Science and featured in the Washington Post.