Little bat went on a trip recently and met with four friends who were of different species. They wrote the following poem in his honor and, as an extra surprise, they hid inside it. Can you find them?

Flitter, chitter little bat.
Won't you come and have a chat?
Long and short your squeaks, of course,
Code your thoughts - but not in Morse.
Puzzlers try with all their powers:
They can't crack this code of ours.
Fly! Or soon dawn's fiery fringe
May your fragile wing tips singe.


They met in a European country although the friends are not necessarily indigenous to Europe. To clarify, I am looking for the names of the species.

  • $\begingroup$ Do we need to find the bats name too? $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Apr 24 '17 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil No. It is known simply as "Little Bat". $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Apr 24 '17 at 16:14
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    $\begingroup$ This is what Google gave me... $\endgroup$ – Mordechai Apr 24 '17 at 16:17
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    $\begingroup$ Reminds me of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Apr 24 '17 at 16:19
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    $\begingroup$ Sounds like it might be to do with rot13(rzbgvpbaf)? $\endgroup$ – KeyboardWielder Apr 24 '17 at 17:05

The bat's four friends are ...

... a cat, a walrus, a bear and a monkey.

They met in ...

... France or a French-speaking country.

The friends can be found ...

... in the last words of each rhyming pair. The French words for the animals — chat, morse, ours and singe — look like the English words used in the poem, but they are pronounced differently.

Finally, the title ...

... hints at the French language with "envisage", which is of French origin.

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    $\begingroup$ And the answer is in your face, in a manner of speaking. Well done! $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers May 1 '17 at 19:37
  • $\begingroup$ Merci beaucoup. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm May 1 '17 at 19:37
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    $\begingroup$ Let me convert 19999 to a nice number :) +1 $\endgroup$ – Techidiot May 2 '17 at 12:49

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