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A photo of a gigantic bat from the Philippines is doing the rounds on Twitter.
The photograph which had earlier also gained momentum on social media platforms apparently to shows a "human-sized" bat hanging from a wire outside a building.
Twitter user '@AlexJoestar622' shared it on the microblogging platform on June 24.
"Remember when I told y'all about the Philippines having human-sized bats? Yeah, this was what I was talking about," reads the caption of the post.
Remember when I told y'all about the Philippines having human-sized bats? Yeah, this was what I was talking about pic.twitter.com/nTVIMzidbC— Alex☔ (@AlexJoestar622) June 24, 2020
The tweet has been liked over 270,000 times and retweeted more than 110,000 times.
OMG the Filipino human-sized flying bat. At first I thought it was a costume. https://t.co/ohq8R8X84p— Author Ivy Ngeow (@ivyngeow) July 6, 2020
SO YOURE TELLING ME THERE IS HUMAN SIZED BATS THAT SUCK THEIR OWN DICKS?? GOODBYE WHAT IS 2020 pic.twitter.com/uU74DPE9Qf— ella🪐 (@yyellowcafe) July 2, 2020
Last year also the same image was doing the rounds:
Human-sized bats have been spotted in the Philippines.
The claim is false. An animal of that stature actually exists but the impression of it being given by the photo is not correct.
While the exact species of the creature is unclear the general consensus is that the picture shows a giant golden-crowned flying fox or the golden-capped fruit bat, this species of megabat is endemic to the Philippines. However, the creature seen in the viral image doesn't appear to have the golden fur around its head.
The photo was shared on Reddit sometime back.
The perspective in the viral shot makes the bat much far larger than it actually is. Flying foxes have wingspans of 1.7 metres (5.5 ft), their bodies are quite small, barely extending 30 centimetres in length (11.8 inches).
Below are pictures from other angles which was uploaded by the Reddit user along with the viral photo:
Flying foxes are frugivores, these bats noisily chatter while feasting on figs and other fruit at dusk, and roost in large treetop clumps during the day.
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