I’m sure I’m not the only one who saw this picture and thought, “Damn, that’s a big-ass bat.” Because damn, that is a big-ass bat. According to USA Today, some very big bats from the Philippines went viral recently, after a Twitter user claimed that the Philippines has “human-sized bats.” The ears of several Furries no doubt perked up at that thought. But as pictures will prove, the bats are not actually as big as a human person, although they are very big.
All this big-bat chatter started a few days ago on Twitter, courtesy of a user named Alex. Alex claimed that the Philippines was the home to a species called the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox, a bat that could grow to have a wingspan of nearly six feet across. None of us should really be surprised. After all, the Philippines is home to a dapper human-sized bee who can whip up burgers and halo-halos, so why couldn’t there also be human-sized bats?
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 a :)🌴- lordt era (@AlexJoestar622) June 24, 2020
Here is a video full of bat pics.
The pictures are a little misleading. The giant golden-crowned flying fox is a species of “megabat” that can grow as wide as six feet. But another Twitter user pointed out that while they can confirm the bats are of the big-ass variety, that their bodies are about the same size as a small-to-medium-sized dog. That Twitter user adds that the giant golden-crowned flying fox may look big and scary, they’re actually very gentle, and eat mostly fruits.
So it’s really more like a flying puppy. And, it’s not big enough to be confused for a person. Or Batman, for that matter. A human-sized bat had me thinking of Batman, but this guy is more like Batman after getting lean on keto, and filling his closet with only body-hugging black hipster outfits. So Robert Pattinson was a good casting choice after all!