Ever notice those pictures of “human-sized” bats that go viral? Though they may have sparked some curiosity and dread, it’s time to dispel myths and honor these amazing animals. Let’s explore the world of the golden-crowned flying fox bats, a species that is endangered by hunting and deforestation.
Unexpected and Safe
The golden-crowned flying fox bat’s large wings and slender, hairy body may initially give it a menacing appearance. It looks like a vampire with wings, which is sure to draw attention. Don’t be fooled by its appearance, though. These megabats that consume fruit are perfectly safe and do not represent a hazard to people.
In danger and in need of our assistance
Unfortunately, there are a lot of difficulties for golden-crowned flying fox bats. Their natural habitat is quickly disappearing as a result of human encroachment and deforestation. They are also in danger of going extinct due to illicit hunting for food or recreation. The widely shared images have piqued people’s interest and raised concerns because they clearly show helplessness and vulnerability.
Eliminating the Mythologies
It is imperative to dispel certain myths about to these amazing animals. They are not at all “human-sized,” despite what some people wrongly think. These bats weigh less than three pounds and have a wingspan of approximately five feet and six inches. Their bodies range in size from seven to eleven.4 inches. It is more accurate to compare them to a young toddler than it is to an average adult human.
Distinctive and captivating
The golden-crowned flying fox bat, commonly known as Acerodon jubatus, is found exclusively in the Philippine jungles. They frequently reside in sizable colonies; some have as much as 10,000 individuals. These are nocturnal, night-feeding bats that consume figs, roots, fruits, and vegetables. They even have a fluffy golden crown on their heads!
Protectors of the Woods
Despite what is commonly believed, these bats use scent and sight to navigate through the air rather than echolocation. By dispersing fig seeds after meals, they contribute significantly to reforestation. Unfortunately, the more harm humans do to them, the more they give to the ecology.
Bringing People Together for Conservation
It’s time to get past our concerns and recognize the amazing creatures that golden-crowned flying fox bats are. Out of 1,300 bat species, only three feed on human blood. These bats are safe and deserving of our defense.
Together, let’s spread the word about these helpless animals’ endangered position. To give these bats a shot at survival, we need to address hunting and deforestation. By working together, we can ensure that their fragile existence continues to enrich our planet.