Here’s What You Need To Know About The Human-Sized Bat That Is Going Viral
According to ScienceAlert, a recent photo of a huge, human-sized fruit bat in the Philippines has gone viral on social media.
- Reddit user u/sakundes posted about a year ago, “What do you do when you see a Flying Fox in your backyard?”
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- In late June, the post resurfaced when another person reposted the pictures on Twitter.
- “The perspective in this particular shot makes the bat seem far larger than it is - flying foxes are most certainly not human-sized. While the largest species do reach wingspans of 1.7 meters (5.5 ft), their bodies are quite small, barely extending 30 centimeters in length (11.8 inches),” ScienceAlert wrote.
- The Reddit user posted another photo of the bat from a different angle. It is possible that the creature “was actually a large flying fox (Pteropus vampyrus), a similarly impressive megabat characterized by its long, pointed ears and fox-like face and head,” ScienceAlert continued.
In the Philippines, ScienceAlert wrote, nearly all flying foxes are threatened species due to habitat loss and being hunted as a human food source.