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    Huge Bat Eats Fruit

    Photo of human-sized bat in the Philippines baffles social media users

    Justin Chan (InTheKnow)
    July 7, 2020, 1:06 AM GMT+7

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    An old photo of a human-sized bat in the Philippines has resurfaced on Twitter, puzzling social media users.
    On June 24, a Twitter user with the handle @AlexJoestar622 shared an image of a giant golden-crowned flying fox hanging from a wire attached to the roof of a building.

    “Remember when I told y’all about the Philippines having human-sized bats?” the user asked. “Yeah, this was what I was talking about.”

    The photo, which first went viral on Reddit in 2018, has since received nearly 270,000 likes and more than 72,000 comments.
    “Just imagine this bat waking up and flying straight at you,” one user wrote in response. “I’d leave the country.”

    “This bat is taller than me and [I’m] both horrified and impressed in equal measure,” another added.
    “Dude that’s a vampire,” a third joked.

    While the picture may seem edited, fact-checking website Snopes confirmed its authenticity in 2019.
    The giant golden-crown flying fox is native to the Philippines and can have a wingspan of 5 feet 6 inches, according to Bat Conservation International. The bat only feeds on fruits and can normally be found in undisturbed forests.

    The organization notes that while the golden-crown flying fox plays an important role in “multiple forest ecosystems in which it lives,” the enormous bat is an endangered species as a result of deforestation and hunting.
    Majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
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    FFS Tomcat you had me worried there, I thought a bat had taken a bite out of you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iceman123 View Post
    FFS Tomcat you had me worried there, I thought a bat had taken a bite out of you
    ...say thank you for the set-up...

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    BLD would

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    It was a bit if a gimme - cheers

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    It's not really human sized, though, is it?

    More like 2.5 feet (which is still relatively big) - it's just the perspective in the photo.

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    Meh...

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    I don't care if they are vegetarians, or if bat lives matter, It would freak me out and one of us would had to go.

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    I think it's a matter of perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    Photo of human-sized bat in the Philippines baffles social media users
    Which one - CMN?

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    The only thing I know about bats is nobody knows why they always fly left out of their cave, or it may be right, I think left, but could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    The only thing I know about bats is nobody knows why they always fly left out of their cave, or it may be right, I think left, but could be wrong.
    Always flying to the left? I think they are all a bunch of liberals!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabir View Post
    The only thing I know about bats is nobody knows why they always fly left out of their cave, or it may be right, I think left, but could be wrong.
    It's a myth. They actually have no preference and will turn right or fly directly ahead as often as they turn left.

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    We used to have a lovely palm tree just outside our garden in which lived a colony of bats. Every evening hundreds would pour out, directly downwards from the palm leaves. It used to be a fantastic sight, until a gang of labourers from Surin moved close by to build a house. Nets, sticks and catapults every night and sadly the colony was no more... all for a few mouthfuls of meat. It seemed very uneccessary.

    One of my abiding memories from Sri Lanka is hundreds of dead fruit bats strung along the power lines. They used to hang upside down on one wire but were so big they made contact with the wire below... zap, and that was it. I guess the electric shock made their claws contract, so there they stayed clinging to the wire. Very sad to see.

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    Doubly sad

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    ...*cough*...how about a little bat input from our Filipin branch...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    our Filipin branch...
    Oh boy...you've done it now.

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