Human Size Giant Bat Caught in Philippines: Fact Check


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Picture Suggesting Human Size Giant Bat Caught in Philippines
Human Size Giant Bat Caught in Philippines

Story:

Human Size Giant Bat Caught in Philippines.

Other Versions

1. Giant golden crowned flying fox bat in the Philippines.

2. Captured giant bat in Peru

Peru’s army has captured something truly awful this animal as you can see in the picture appears to be a giant bat is an animal too weird. Apparently this animal usually frightens many people walking through areas of Peru and elsewhere in Latin America, is said to be the Chupa Cabras.

The chupacabra is an animal attack is characterized by animals of different species, located in farming and rural areas. The myth originated in the island of Puerto Rico. It is said there is in Central and South America, in countries like Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, etc..

You could say that sucks goats is a true example of a kind of giant bats often found in Indonesia.

Fact Check:

The picture appearing to show a giant human size bat is circulating online with various stories. Some versions said it is a giant golden crowned flying fox bat caught in the Philippines. Others Peru’s Army caught the giant bat and it may belong to the Chupacabras.

Human Size Golden Crowned Flying Fox Bat in Philippines?

Firstly, the picture was not taken or captured by Peru’s army, and neither it belongs to the Chupacabras, a blood sucking monster that was a mystery for few years. The picture initially appeared as a giant golden crowned flying fox bat in the Philippines.

Mystery of Chupacabra, the Blood Sucking Monster – Hoax Analysis

Golden crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus), also known as the golden-capped fruit bat is a rare megabat belonging to the species of fruit bats. Endemic to the forests of Philippines, they are one of the largest bats in the world, with a wingspan of 1.5–1.7 meters (4 ft 10 in–5 ft 7 in) and weighing 0.7–1.2 kilograms (1.5–2.6 lb). Moreover, they are harmless vegetarians, feeding on fruits and leaves. Unfortunately, they are endangered species because of poaching and forest destruction. You can see below couple of pictures of the golden crowned flying fox convey its original size. So, it appears like the present picture is taken in a forced perspective shot – to make it appear bigger than what it actually is.

Malaysian Flying Fox?

Trish Wimberley, the director of the Australian Bat Clinic conveys the same opinion about the picture. The giant size is due to forced perspective shot. However, she also said the animal in the picture does not have golden colored fur on its head, a common feature of golden crowned flying fox. So, she suggested it could be a Malaysian flying fox (Pteropus vampyrus), also known as the vampire bat, which can grow a wingspan of up to 1.5m.

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In any case, the picture shows a large bat belonging to flying fox bat species. The species have the name because of their fox like faces. They can in fact have a wing span as large as 6 feet. However, they are not as huge as it appears in the forced perspective shot. The video below explains the same, showing few such flying fox bats. And unlike the claims, they are not Vampires!

Hoax or Fact:

Mixture of Hoax and Facts.

References:

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Giant golden-crowned flying fox
Expert dismisses ‘giant bat’ photo as fake


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Prashanth Damarla
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