General Info: Pongbats are extremely simple creatures. They aren't very intelligent, they can't speak, and only the brightest of their species can even mimic sounds. All in all, they just aren't very bright individuals. They live in large groups under no specific name and are very sociable animals, getting droopy and depressed when isolated (sad Pongbat is sad). They huddle together when sleeping, and prefer dry, warm places. Any dry, warm place will do, from pockets to cleavage to a rock in the Sahara. They do not handle the cold well, despite their thick, plush fur. They get their name, quite possibly, from their appearance, which resembles a winged ping-pong ball. They have small wings, large ears, and a pig-like nose, which, other than their eyes, is the only discernible thing about them. The rest is covered in their velvety soft fur. Somewhere between the size of your average Earth hamster and a baseball, Pongbats can squeeze into just about any small space, which makes Pong-proofing your home a real pain in the butt, but assists them when they're zipping around eating insects. They will also eat fruits, vegetables, and nuts. The majority of Pongbats are very curious little beasts, but with their low average intelligence and short attention spans, well, don't be surprised if fly into the same window again and again. Which is pretty fun to watch, especially with the accompanying 'ping' sound they make when they hit anything.
One aspect about Pongbats that makes them all the more endearing, and even more infuriating, is the fact that wherever they go they leave a thick trail of glitter. That's right, the herpes of the craft's world. Everywhere. It would appear that the glitter comes from a pair of glands located close to the skin under the wings, and this glitter is a key factor in what rank a Pongbat carries. The glitter is used to attract mates, but while not in a chase, it really serves no purpose at all. It is fairly easy to locate Pongbat spells from the high glitter concentration. Pongbats may have fur of any color and pattern.
Mating Info: Pongbat flights are relatively short-lived events. A female will flutter around spewing forth a mixture of her scent and glitter, and males, attracted more to the sparkly than to the smell, follow her. When she gets distracted from glittering the surrounding plants, she'll begin her flight, an aerial dance. This is the only time you will ever find a graceful Pongbat. The winning male is selected on basis varying from female to female. Some choose the fastest, the strongest, the prettiest, the one who has the most glitter. There's no definite winner until the choice is made. All females can give birth, but those of the Common Ranks (Infrared, Microwave, and Radio) can only give birth to 1-2 Pongs, while Gammas are capable of giving birth between 8-15 Pongs, though that is more an average than a set number.
Bonding Info: Pongbat bondings are usually on the messy side, but they're also a ton of fun and very interactive. Potential bonders arrive with their choice of supplies, and a day of arts and crafts ensues. Refreshments are offered, and glitter is spread like the plague it truly is. Pongs flutter around on their still-new wings and try to 'assist' with the creative process. Glue is both a joy and a torment for these winged shinies, for their glitter sticks to it quite nicely... but so do their furry bodies. Pongbats do not decline offers of shiny trinkets and food, and they sometimes make their bonds solely off that.