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Audubon Zoo's Newest Building Turns Day To Night

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It's daylight outside, but with lights simulating a full moon, scores of bats flap back and forth. On a wall, what appears to be a talking stone face provides bat fun facts.
It's the night house at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, and it opens Friday. The Associated Press got a preview Tuesday.
Its centerpiece is a glass-sided 42-foot-long flyway holding 200 fruit bats. Animal care staffer Dominique Fleitas says it's amazing to enter and feel the wind from their wings as they fly past.
In a smaller display, six vampire bats hang in a clump that could fit into one hand. Another laps blood from a dish.
Other displays hold giant cave cockroaches, poison dart frogs, tarantulas, tree frogs, night owl monkeys and a ring-tailed cat, actually related to raccoons.