In the mountains of the Old Dominion about 1,500 Virginia big-eared bats are wintering in their bat caves, unaware that they will soon be receiving a prominant status. Virginia has a state bird, the cardinal; a state flower and tree, the dogwood; a state folk dance, square dance (why not the Virginia reel?); and a state beverage, milk. Soon Virginia will join Texas in honoring a bat. The Virginia big-eared bat, which also happens to be an endangered species, seems destined to become the state bat of the Old Dominion.
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