Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, July 3
Take a closer look—this is a real bat. A bat that’s almost the size of a human.
A picture is being widely shared on the microblogging website showing a ‘human-sized’ bat hanging inverted from a roof in the Philippines.
The picture was taken by a Twitter user, Alex, under the handle name, @AlexJoestar622.
He shared two pictures on his page of what looks like a giant bat. The creature is supposed to be a giant golden-crowned flying fox.
Alex shared a screenshot of an earlier post that had the picture of the giant creature. “Remember when I told y’all about the Philippines having human-sized bats? Yeah, this was what I was talking about.” he wrote on Twitter on June 24.
Many users reacted to the pictures saying they had no idea that such a mammal existed.
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 is….💫 (@AlexJoestar622) June 24, 2020
Alex’s tweet has now garnered over 2.63 lakh likes and over 1.05 retweets.
As of now, it remains unclear whether the picture is actually of a giant golden-crowed flying fox, a species of megabats
The giant golden-crowned flying fox is also known as the golden-capped fruit bat. It is a species of megabat, endemic to the Philippines. The creature is primarily frugivorous, meaning it consumes several kinds of fruits and figs.
Much like many bat species, the giant golden-crowned flying fox has also been investigated as a source of emerging infectious disease.
HELL NO pic.twitter.com/bsoIytBYGR
— souli ও playing ebg 🙁 (@cherkillia) June 25, 2020
very unsettling but somehow i want it as a pet. He’d have to pay rent tho
— ACAB (@marcelineFsteel) June 25, 2020
Ahhh hell naw, there’s no way in hell I’m ever going back to any province ever now :/
— ⛩️ＫＡＯＲＵ ∥ ia (@yuriko_kaoru) June 25, 2020