Cueva de la Boca Bat Roost

Cueva de la Boca Bat Roost


Description of Cueva de la Boca

Location: 14 mi from Monterrey Map


The cave Cueva de la Boca is located 14 miles from Monterrey. It is famous for its sizeable bat population that numbers in the millions. Original count of bats in Cueva de la Boca numbered approximately twenty million. However due to human exploration of the cave the number fell to 600,000. Makeshift torches were often made from materials that upon burning harmed these small creatures. However the damage was soon stopped and two years after official designation of Cueva de la Boca as a bat roost the numbers went above two million.
Today the population in Cueva de la Boca seem to grow. Mexican free tailed bats are primary residents of the cave. Their main target is corn earworm moth that eats corn crops during migration from Canada to Texas. Bats help agricultures by eating approximately 15 tons of these bugs a night traveling up to 60 miles a night. The bats leave Cueva de la Boca around 6 pm on daily hunts. Then hundreds of thousands of these fury little creatures leave the cave it is quiet a scene.


The legend of the Birdman of Monterrey

The story emerged at the end of the 19th century but, in the eighties, in and around Monterrey the rumor spread that many inhabitants of the area had witnessed strange sightings of a supernatural creature. There are still those who claim that, late at night, a being with enormous wings and a human body appeared in places near the hills near Cueva de la Boca.

At the end of the 19th century, in the La Huasteca Park region, a man was walking with his dog when, suddenly, he found huge footprints that seemed to be human shaped in the ground. The dog began to bark, for strange noises were heard near the bushes.

Minutes passed and the noise did not stop. So, Mr. Pantaleón Magaña decided to throw a stone into the bushes: let's see what would happen. With eyes of amazement and chills on their bodies, Pantaleón and his dog saw a creature emerge, flapping its large black wings to take flight towards the river. Afterward, the man told his neighbors everything, who commented that the hunters in the area had already seen him. By the way, they assured that it was not difficult to find it.