“Human Sized” Bat Photographed in the Philippines

July 8, 2020 at 6:23 pm

Photos of a giant bat have been going viral on the internet, but is it true?

What looks like a giant bat has been going viral on social media. While it’s true these bats are bigger than North American bats, they’re not the size of an adult human, more like the size of a newborn baby.

This subcategory of fruit bats goes by the name “flying fox,” which fits perfectly with its long, pointed ears and fox-like face and head. A miniature fox with wings, if you will.

When looking at the picture, it’s hard not to be amazed, even somewhat frightened by the size. But rest assured, their bodies only get 12-16 inches long, with their wingspan reaching 5.5 feet.

With a wingspan that large, should we worry about becoming their dinner?

Just because bats have been associated with vampires, doesn’t mean they’re blood-sucking-beasts. They generally avoid humans, eating only fruits native to their habitat, such as nectar and pollen.

Flying foxes noisily eat at dusk and roost in large treetop “clams” during the day. They can be found on tropical islands from Madagascar to Australia.

Rumors about the “human-sized” bat resurfaced on Twitter in late June:

“Remember when I told y’all about the Philippines having human-sized bats? Yeah, this was what I was talking about, wrote AlexJoestar622.

This was really just a recycling of an older Reddit post from a couple of years ago.