Watch: Texas freeze was tough on bats

The deep freeze in Texas affected a lot of species, including bats. Across the state, residents, biologists and park employees have discovered dead bats under bridges and live bats suffering from dehydration, starvation and low body temperatures. Many were Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) returning from wintering grounds in Mexico.  State officials say wildlife rehabilitators have been inundated with the bats. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has also received reports of dead songbirds and woodpeckers, as well as coots and blue-winged teal (Anas discors).

Read more from Texas Parks and Wildlife.

For more on how the bats affected bats, watch the video below.

Header Image: Mexican free-tailed bats were particularly affected by the cold front in Texas. Credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife