Stunning images of a ‘human-sized’ bat found in the Philippines

a Twitter user public last week an image of a “human-sized” bat found in the Philippines, which has quickly gone viral and even scared some netizens.

“Remember when I told you that there are human-sized bats in the Philippines? Yes, this is what he was talking about », the tweeter wrote when sharing the screenshot of a post. The netizen suggests that the animal in the photo is a giant golden-crowned flying fox, a species of bat whose wingspan with outstretched wings it can reach up to 1.7 meters.

The image, which was initially published on Reddit a year ago, it immediately went viral and already has more than 263,000 likes, more than 105,000 retweets and thousands of comments.

“This bat is taller than me and I’m horrified and impressed in equal measure«, Indian a netizen. “Holy hell, he’d be terrified if he saw one of those,” confessed other.

Some users even shared details about the physical characteristics and diet of these flying mammals.

Hi, I’m from the Philippines. I can confirm it, they have a huge wingspan but their body It’s really not that big but more or less like that of a medium-sized dog (or a little smaller). What if, they only eat fruitsespecially guavas. They are also very tame«, wrote a tweeter

However, it is not clear if the animal in the image is actually a giant golden-crowned flying fox, as some users indicated It does not have the typical reddish hair of flying foxes on its head.

The Philippine flying fox is threatened and is currently listed as in danger of extinction due to its intensive hunting for its meat and poaching. They are endemic to the Philippines, where they live in the tropical rain forests.


Source: Diario Ecologia by diarioecologia.com.

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