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Tube-Lipped Nectar Bat

[YouTube Clip]

Meet the Tube-lipped nectar bat. The cute little bat has the longest tongue relative to body size – if you had a tongue as long as this guy, your tongue would stick out 9 feet.

National Geographic’s Untamed Americas (which premieres this Sunday, June 10 at 9pm ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel) has the video clip:

To shoot the footage of the bat plunging its tongue into nectar, the Untamed Americas team cut a tiny hole into the base of a flower, installing a special slow-motion camera to slow down the action by 40 times.

And if you’re wondering where the bat keeps its tongue, you’d be surprised to know that the base of the tongue is in its rib cage. Thanks Kristin!

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June 7th, 2012

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Stranger to the World

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