Nathusius’ pipistrelle is a species of bat widely found across Europe. It was named after Hermann von Nathusius, a German animal breeder. NathusiusÂ’ pipistrelle species that weigh less than 10 grams tend to migrate from summer breeding grounds in northeastern Europe to warmer areas where they hibernate in trees.
A female Nathusius’ pipistrelle, dubbed Â“Olympian batÂ” had made a record-breaking 2,018 kilometres from the United Kingdom to Russia. This is the second-longest distance recorded for a bat, with the first being another Nathusius’ pipistrelle that flew 2,223 km from Latvia to Spain in 2019. The bat met its demise in Russia after an attack by a house cat.