Repeated Homing Exhibited by a Female Pallid Bat

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Science  03 Aug 1962:
Vol. 137, Issue 3527, pp. 341-342
DOI: 10.1126/science.137.3527.341


A pallid bat (Antrozous pallidus) returned home from eight consecutive releases from six distinctly different directions and from distances ranging from 21 to 68 miles. This performance indicates that chance alone cannot be a major factor in homing, and that certain abilities possessed by this bat, and not simply randomness, must have been in operation.