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Their association with spirits

Swarms of bats can be common during autumn evenings before they hibernate for the winter, and these swarms were seen as spirits of the dead by the ancient Celts. During the Middle Ages, Christian views linked bats to witches, and their nocturnal schedules also contributed to fears and wariness of their species.

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