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Bats (order Chiroptera), the only group of mammals capable of flight.
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No, WE can't fly. Yes, WE can sympathize.
Pieter Bruegel de Oude: De val van Icarus - Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, 1558. 'En de boer ... hij ploegde voort', 'and the farmer continued to plough...', a Flemish proverb pointing out the ignorance of people to fellow men's suffering.
Pieter Bruegel de Oude: De val van Icarus - Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

'En de boer ... hij ploegde voort', 'and the farmer continued to plough...',
 a Flemish proverb pointing out the ignorance of people to fellow men's suffering.


W. H. Auden:  "Musée des Beaux Arts"

About suffering they were never wrong,
 The Old Masters; how well, they understood
 Its human position; how it takes place
 While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
 How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
 For the miraculous birth, there always must be
 Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
 On a pond at the edge of the wood:
 They never forgot
 That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
 Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
 Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse
 Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.
 In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
 Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may
 Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
 But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
 As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
 Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
 Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
 had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.
William Carlos Williams:

Landscape With The Fall of Icarus

According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring

a farmer was ploughing
his field
the whole pageantry

of the year was
awake tingling
near

the edge of the sea
concerned
with itself

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings’ wax

unsignificantly
off the coast
there was

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning



University of Michigan
Museum of Zoology

Chiroptera bats

Classification



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