Anonymous: The fruit bats. I only saw the strawberry one well enough. Do they others have a certain fruit body that matches their color?
From what I could tell, they all have the same body shape, but only the red ones (are meant to) have light-colored “seeds” in their fur.
This little purple guy might have been an animation error, I think.
They sure were cute, though!
Historical Facts That Sound Like a Load of Whacked-Out Horse Shit, But Are Actually True!
The United States actually trained live bats to drop bombs during World War II.
The bats, cooled down in ice cube trays prior to shipping to put them into hibernation mode, would be housed inside a bomb-shaped canister that would deploy a small parachute. As the bomb slowly fell, the bats would have plenty of time to warm up. As soon as the altitude reached 1,000 ft., the canister would open, releasing over 1,000 Mexican Free-Tailed bats carrying small, time-delayed incendiary bombs.
The thought behind this was the fact that Japanese structures were especially susceptible to fire, due to the widespread, traditional use of paper, bamboo, and other highly-flammable materials. It was thought that the bats would spread out and roost in buildings throughout the target city. At a specified time, built-in timers would ignite the bombs, thus creating panic and destruction in the intended Japanese locale.
Tests on the project proved to be successful enough, although not entirely: In one incident, armed bats were accidentally released over an air base in New Mexico, incinerating the test range, and setting fire to a general’s car.
After 30 demonstrations, and over $2 million dollars spent, the project (titled Project X-Ray), was eventually cancelled, as it was realized that it would not be combat-ready until 1945.