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Bats occupy Israeli army ghost bunkers

General February 5, 2012

To match story ISRAEL-BATS/QASR AL-YAHUD, West Bank (Reuters) – Abandoned Israeli army bunkers along the Jordan River are providing a lifeline for bats on the endangered species list, researchers say. Soldiers left Israel’s underground forts along the frontier with Jordan after a 1994 peace treaty between the two countries. With much of the former front line, some of it dotted by mine fields, still designated by the military as off-limits to civilians, bats swooped into the secluded and dark steel caverns. Several years ago, researchers from Tel Aviv University were granted access to the ghost bunkers. …

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