Bat wings consist of a thin elastic membrane of skin that extends from their hind legs and tail to their arms, and across to four elongated fingers. Bats can change the shape of their wings quickly by moving their fingers. This is why they can dart about in the air with ease. They use their thumbs for climbing, and walking about on the ground.
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