Here’s today’s wacky bit of automotive news: a waste byproduct from assembly of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is actually being strongly considered for use in making artificial bat caves.
It’s a type of adhesive material, used for gluing various Corvette body parts together. The robotic applicators which apply the gunk have to purge their nozzles regularly to avoid buildup, and it just so happens that when they do, the processed stuff already comes out strongly resembling a cave stalactite.
And you know how General Motors loves synergy; scrap battery covers from the Chevrolet Volt are already in use as functional bat houses. (When does the bat house become a bat home?)
Bat conservation organizations are already reviewing the Corvette adhesive material for its viability, but a General Motors press release suggests that the artificial bat caves and bat homes could help to mitigate the effects of “white-nose syndrome,” the result of a fungus that collects around the noses of bats and many times leads to death.
The artificial bat caves could potentially give bats more area to spread out, thus limiting the fungus’ spread.