Picture of ‘human-sized bat’ from Philippines goes viral

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A picture of a ‘human-sized-bat’ from Philippines has taken the internet by storm.

The image showing a giant bat was tweeted by @AlexJoestar622 on June 24 saying, “Remember when I told y’all about the Philippines having human-sized bats? Yeah, this was what I was talking about.”

The post has since gotten over 104,000 retweets, over 260,000 likes and thousands of comments.

As the image generated intrigue on social media, many netizens chipped in with more information about the mammal.

Twitter user @louistenantIV wrote: “Hey, from the Philippines here. I can confirm this, they have a huge wingspan but the bodies are not really that big, more or less like the same body as a medium (bit smaller) sized dog. And yeah they only eat fruits, guavas most particularly. They’re really gentle too.”

Some also claimed that the mammal in the picture is a giant golden-crowned flying fox. However, some users pointed out that the bat in the image does not seem to have its orange mane.


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