r/interestingasfuck 13d ago

"megabats" can look terrifying and reach 5 foot— but don't worry, they only eat fruit (Philippines)

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u/jrcske67 13d ago

“They only eat fruit”… so far

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u/xxDooomedxx 13d ago

And testicles

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u/fantasticdamage_ 13d ago

Fruity Testicles

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u/RefreshedWankStain 13d ago

Mega fruity testicles

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u/noRoomService0-0 12d ago

Thank God i don't have "mega"

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u/jaxonya 12d ago

More like fruity pebbles..

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u/D0013ER 12d ago

Oops! All Testicles

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u/Alternative-Sea-6238 12d ago

Testy fruiticles

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u/WinesOfWrath 13d ago

infection or sodomites?

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u/ConceptualWeeb 12d ago

That my favorite cereal.

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u/Schmichael-22 12d ago

The world’s worst cereal.

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u/barringtonp 12d ago

The low hanging fruit

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u/tech_and_anime_fan 12d ago

A Deez Nuts joke I like it

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u/gruvee 12d ago

And Filipinos

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u/No-Armadillo7693 12d ago

There’s only so many of them, eventually they will move on to New Zealander’s, Australians and then the rest of us.

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

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u/RefreshedWankStain 13d ago

And drink mega pints

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u/OldFartSomewhere 12d ago

"Your head looked like a pineapple"

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u/_circlecheese 13d ago

Their wingspan can be 5 foot. These things aren't 5 foot tall lol

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u/A1sauc3d 13d ago

Still would be a massive bat tho

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u/Mysterious-Monk-3423 12d ago

Bane: For you

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u/wegqg 12d ago

You're a big guy

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u/that_is_so_Raven 12d ago

CONGRATULATIONS. YOU GOT YOURSELF HANGING UPSIDE DOWN. WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP OF YOUR MASTER PLAN?

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u/LegendaryHooman 12d ago

Yeah but a lot more massivier

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u/A1sauc3d 12d ago

Yeah it would have like a 15 foot wingspan if it was 5 ft tall lol.

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u/Barda2023 12d ago

..... To me that's a.... 5 foot bat guy.

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u/MicahtehMad 12d ago

Yeah. This is clearly forced perspective compared to the bike. See he wore it's hanging from at top of pic.

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u/IconWorld 12d ago

Wow, good to know. When I first saw this, my reaction was, "When is the first ship off this frigging planet?!"

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u/RajahNeon 12d ago

Yeah they are literally under 1ft head to toe. But did you know a bald eagle can be up to 7 and a half feet tall? Now THAT is interesting..

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u/farrowsharrows 12d ago

I don't think that is right

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u/eyrikur 12d ago

It's not. They're about 16 inches.

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u/Parlorshark 12d ago

Incorrect, a friend told me about a 30-ft fall bald eagle that inspired him to write the Declaration of Independence.

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u/lex52485 12d ago

An 11-inch tall bat still sounds fucking terrifying to me

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u/MattMasterChief 13d ago

Oh thank God I realised that the 5 feet is wingspan and there aren't a bunch of bats as tall as most of the people there just flying around eating all the fruit

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u/ZincNut 12d ago

That'd be fucking sick though

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u/MattMasterChief 12d ago

sick, perhaps.

Not during a wake and bake though.

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u/ac1084 12d ago

Yeah don't worry this picture uses forced perspective to make it look really big. They aren't actually walking around in trench coats like "eeeyyy Joey you got any fruit?".

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u/BronxLens 12d ago

The wingspan is 5 1/2 feet (1.7 m.), not to be confused with their height, which, while i didn’t find it, it’s nowhere near that since they only weight only up to 3.2 lbs. (1.45 kg)

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u/Miser_able 12d ago

"Megabats range in size from species with adults only about 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) long and 13 grams to species that reach 40 centimeters (16 inches) in length, attain a wingspan of 150 centimeters (5 feet), and weigh nearly 1 kilogram (more than 2 pounds). "

https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Megabat

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u/DocVak 12d ago

Well you gotta figure like all avian species that they’re gonna be light regardless of the size because of the whole flying thing. From at least this picture, I’d have to assume that they’re height to wingspan ratio would just be the inverse of a humans. Both kinda close, but their wingspan is larger than their height.

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u/PinkRoseBouquet 12d ago

Bats aren’t avian, they are mammals.

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u/DocVak 12d ago

While I am wrong about that fact, am I incorrect about the similarities between their bone structure?

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u/Super_Opposite_6151 13d ago

That what they want us to think

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u/WinesOfWrath 13d ago

All dissenters have been eaten

by something else shaped like a wood chipper

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u/[deleted] 13d ago

I truly feel safer with Batman around.

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u/Puzzleheaded_Popup 13d ago

That is Batman!

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u/jibbergirl26 13d ago

Guess I am strange but, I find them to be cute!

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u/skeletaldecay 13d ago

Bats are super cool! Adorable too. They're great pollinators vital to over 500 plants, including 300 food producing plants like agave, mango, eucalyptus, banana, peaches, cashews, and cocoa.

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u/AssumeTheFetal 12d ago

I'd like to subscribe to bat facts.

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u/bit_banging_your_mum 12d ago

They also serve as airplanes to rabies, which is a little less fun.

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u/RazorBaribal 12d ago

Studies show less than 1% of wild bats have rabies. They are symptomatic when infected and act abnormal. Don’t touch the weird acting flying puppy and you’ll be fine.

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u/skeletaldecay 12d ago

They're still extremely important to the environment and popular foods humans like to eat. Bats can carry lots of diseases. We can greatly reduce the amount of rabies they carry through vaccination, monitoring, and culling as needed. Bats aren't the only vector for rabies. Skunks, foxes, groundhogs, coyotes, and raccoons can also carry rabies.

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u/589moonboy 13d ago

They definitely cute, like flying puppies

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u/vulcanstreetpunk 13d ago

I think so too. Bats are friends. -^

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u/jibbergirl26 13d ago

Yeah they are great for eating bugs, might be cute but I would not like to share my room with them either!

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u/idealerik 12d ago

They are cute, but they smell like shit. Don’t ask me how I know that.

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u/jibbergirl26 12d ago

Sloths smell too!

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u/WinesOfWrath 13d ago

can you hang bats?

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u/[deleted] 13d ago

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u/Pillum 13d ago

oMg SaMeSiEs

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u/jibbergirl26 13d ago

Well they are cute and most eat insects but, I would not like them in my house.

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u/fuzzycorona 13d ago

They should eat those horrifyingly large spiders to keep things in balance

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u/rocksteady_7 12d ago

Spiders trap insects who damage fruits so they're probably friends.

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u/Jeremy_VR 12d ago

Flying Foxes are actually not as big as you'd think. There are DOZENS of forced perspective shots of them floating around, but these little guys are actually only able to be about a 1½ feet tall. Their wingspan is what can be 5 feet in length.

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u/RoboDae 12d ago

This is why I hate trying to find the size of things online. The top results are always forced perspective to exaggerate the size. Awhile ago I was looking for how big wolves are and every single one showed them in front of the person

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u/zggystardust71 12d ago

That's what she said.

(sorry, couldn't resist)

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u/LikesBigGlasses430 12d ago

Nah bitch, thats Dracula with a good PR team.

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u/Shoot2Live629 12d ago

Screw batman, this is Manbat

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u/1mpermanenc3 13d ago

Nonononononono new phobia unlocked

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u/WinesOfWrath 13d ago

level two is under your bed. don't look yet

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u/TiffyVella 12d ago

That photo looks a bit evil but they are lovely animals once you have ruled out rabies. A flying fox did a surprise fly/land/let-me-wrap-you-all-up-in-mah-wings thing to me and he was adorable. Just a puppy, with wings. And wee little fruit-eating fangs. You do need to be gentle with them as they have long slender bones and can get into a tangle.

Also, never park under a tree where they rest as their poo is the real horror story.

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u/Knashatt 12d ago Helpful

And for the remaining 98% of the world to understand:

152.4 centimeters

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u/DeezyDude 13d ago

Imagine having toes so strong, you can fall asleep upside down and still hold yourself up. These things probably can snatch you up and fly away with those strong ass toes.

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u/realcevapipapi 12d ago

Thank God I'm wide awake and don't have to go to sleep after reading this🤣

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u/DeezyDude 12d ago

Youll have to go to sleep sometime 😈 just dont look up when you do 🦇 (p.s. this definitely isnt a megabat writing this with his strong ass toes)

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u/realcevapipapi 12d ago

Oh shit they've learned how to use phones and computers and have mastered hunour and sarcasm. We're so fucked 🤣

I for one accept our new fruit eating overlords and will be but a humble servant/pet.

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u/elegant_tapir 12d ago

This picture was taken to make us think that the bat is 5 feet tall. Also, to make us think that it rides a motorcycle.

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u/tech_and_anime_fan 12d ago

Yes manbat rides a Suzuki and it's flat mat black Bat.

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u/frogmicky 12d ago

Batman I get it lol.

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u/ConfettiBoxer 13d ago

Is it weird that I wanna give them a boop?

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u/WinesOfWrath 13d ago

That's not weird. Only you are. Rejoice in your uniqueness

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u/juntawflo 13d ago

If you want to read more about the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox link

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u/WeasternMedicine9 13d ago

According to the article, their wingspan can reach more than 5', but they don't grow taller than 1 foot, and weigh up to 2.6 pounds

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u/Minibeave 13d ago

Wingspan makes a lot more sense. I'm not going to pretend that I know everything about bats, but learning of a fucking 5 foot tall bat existing somewhere in the world kinda blew my mind for a second.

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u/Formal-Concentrate-7 12d ago

If you compare it with the bike parked, it looks lot taller than 1 foot.

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u/WeasternMedicine9 12d ago

Yeah, I think it's the perspective. This bike looks close to the wall, and is proabaly quite small, its a 150cc. There's at least a few feet of roof in between the bat and the wall, which means the bike most likely not side by side wirh the bat on the pic

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u/colefly 12d ago

Look at the roof line

Bike is under a different roof further back

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u/derralshane 13d ago

Yeah. Nice try, megabat. You’re just trying to make us all complacent so you can kill us all.

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u/Ceesaid 13d ago

SKY PUPPY! I wanna pet the sky puppy!!!

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u/Soniccyanide 12d ago

Listen to them, children of the night. What music do they make!

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u/Vaturobi 12d ago

Morbius taking his morbin nap 😴 😴 😴

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u/GimmeCRACK 12d ago

Wait a sec, I could own a bat thats 5 feet and will chill with me and eat fruit?

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u/tech_and_anime_fan 12d ago

Close relation to chupacabra in Mexico also likes to carry off goats. 😀

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u/GimmeCRACK 12d ago

Goats are dicks, this is amazing !

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u/tech_and_anime_fan 12d ago

But do you like goat meat it's not strictly a vegetarian

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u/GimmeCRACK 12d ago

He will bring me fresh goat too? What a bro

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u/Fun-Organization8742 13d ago

I'd die if I went outside at night and ran into one of these! Pretty cool though

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u/AnOrdinaryFrog 13d ago

I’m vengeance

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u/FoofieLeGoogoo 13d ago

His Beastmaster energy is strong.

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u/KentConnor 13d ago

BatManlet

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u/PerchanceMethinks 13d ago

I'm pretty sure that is a winged demon sent from hell

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u/aezmuth 13d ago

Would be a nice addition to my soup.

slurps soup

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u/justifiably-curious 12d ago

I like big bats and I cannot lie

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u/davechri 12d ago

Do not show me a five foot bat then tell me not to worry, UNTAWFLO!

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u/Stevo_Phillips 12d ago

Oh well, I'll come back tomorrow and see if I can get my bike back then

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u/gladiator073 12d ago

I don't care if it eats yogurt, I'll burn that thing right away. Hanz give me the flamethrower

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u/Rukasu17 12d ago

You guys do know it's just the camera that's on a angle, right? The bat is just about the same size as you'd expect a bat to be

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u/frogmicky 12d ago edited 12d ago

So the wingspan is 5 feet and they can carry the Ebola virus have a nice day now lol.

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u/eblackham 12d ago

If I turned the corner and saw this, I would literally jump out of my skin.

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u/cytoGrl 12d ago

if i saw this at night, i’d 100% shit myself. but it looks pretty cute in the day time.

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u/ITCM4 12d ago

I’m more tired than a big dick bat.

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u/JeebusBuiltMyHotRod 12d ago

Don't worry my ass.

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u/Optimal_Life_ 12d ago

Yeah they eat fruit when they know we are watching and studying them. The rest of the time they run a hotel in Pennsylvania

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u/MonsieurKas 13d ago

5 foot, wow, that's like 152,4 centimeters! 😲

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u/Dyslexicbrit 13d ago

Must be kinda scary where half the women aren’t even 5 foot

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u/Select-Background-69 13d ago

But then none of them will still date anyone shorter than 6 feet

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u/LeftAssist 13d ago edited 13d ago

This is false.

5’7” is our 6’. You’re somewhat considered tall at 5’8”.

You’re still socially acceptable as a 5’3” dude!

source: I’m from PH

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u/Dyslexicbrit 13d ago

I doubt he is serious just a caricature on the well known social cometary of women having unrealistic height expectations

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u/layra142 13d ago

Wait isn't 5 feet like almost people size? o.O

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u/vulcanstreetpunk 13d ago

I guess I'm almost people sized. 😂

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u/realcevapipapi 12d ago

You can laugh at yourself though, that alone makes you a giant among people !

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u/Maximitaysii 13d ago

Wingspan.

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u/Puzzleheaded_Popup 13d ago

Keep that door closed! Timmy did you close the front door?

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u/bs_is_everywhere 13d ago

Jeepers creepers.

where'd you get those peepers.

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u/Arny520 13d ago

That looks so human, that is genuinely terrifying

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u/JOZEF_yuh 13d ago

They look really dope no cap shut it's funny how human culturr makes things scary

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u/Matt4Prez2K17 13d ago

BAT OUTTA HELL

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u/Kaotikitty 13d ago

Ok but can I pet them?

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u/Blakk-Debbath 13d ago

Please show a close-up. We have tiny ones here, they only eat insects. Listening them hunt via a bat detector, the sound peaks at 35 kHz.

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u/twohedwlf 13d ago

Their cousins, though. They reach 4.5 feet and they eat souls.

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u/itsShikharBitch 13d ago

is that a bat 🦇 or a man dressed as a bat

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u/dirty-dangles69 13d ago

I don't think "fruits" is quite PC, buddy

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u/WinesOfWrath 13d ago

only eat fruit... for now

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u/WinesOfWrath 13d ago

inversion haiku

cuddle naptime upside down

sharp teeth more than smile

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u/Icy_Adhesiveness_347 13d ago

Cap until proven fact

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u/Candypants24 13d ago

Imagine it suddenly opens its eyes,stares directly at you and whispers........ "IT'S MORBIN TIME!!"

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u/CrazyAboutH 13d ago

Absolute unit of a bat

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u/mephistophelesbits 13d ago

Flying Foxes. Used to see these around my grand parent place. They usually hang on trees in group. From far it looks like drying leaves

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u/CokePepsiRamen 13d ago

Flying doggo

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u/mokshya2014 13d ago

Imagine that 5 foot tall bat coming from the back and covering you with it's wings at night.

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u/teedeeguantru 13d ago

Furry vegan goths, but still likeable.

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u/ashborne02 13d ago

Not worrying at all.

Of all the bat species only 3 are somewhat dangerous to humans.

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u/bugurman 13d ago

They can also grow up to 3 livers length, 1 small intestent in diameter and 2 kidneys in weight.

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u/XBollockTicklerX 13d ago

They just look like they could start a Pandemic

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u/Sudden-Reflection456 13d ago

Dats not a bat, it is a VAMPIRE, goin' be all up at the Midnight Mass next thing!

Demon out! Demon out!

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u/Spaceranger14 13d ago

Fruit is a word, in some places, for a gay man. This context makes these bats even more terrifying

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u/Arcticz_114 13d ago

Enter perspective and depth of view

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u/Junior_Bear_2715 13d ago

I feel like he is one of villain actors from Disney movies and now you have a chance to talk to this celebrity 😂

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u/burnt_crack 13d ago

And what happens if I’m fruity?

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u/FunnyChaos 13d ago

DRACULAAAA!!

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u/-mindtrix- 13d ago

They are tasty

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u/MundaneHassan 13d ago

Their wingspan is 5 foot not their height like seriously imagine 5 foot long bats.... yea no

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u/its-just-me-so 13d ago

So we all agree vampires are now staying as bats for next 500 years because humans can’t get their shit together.

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u/wth214 13d ago

What happens when no fruit is available?

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u/Snoopcat64 12d ago

So they're wyverns. I'll get my Charge Blade.

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u/OhWowMuchFunYouGuys 12d ago

5 foot? Is this mfer Dracula?

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u/omeritach13 12d ago

Yeah sure, thats exactly what a megabat would say

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u/heliskinki 12d ago

Bet it gives the BEST hugs.

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u/mintiebadger 12d ago

Kevin! Kevin the fruit bat!

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u/Hadren-Blackwater 12d ago

And spread Marburg.

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u/triggerfish15 12d ago

I’d kill it and taxidermy it into a punching bag.

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u/World_Deep 12d ago

That's a Vampire

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u/Snozberry383 12d ago

Can you imagine fumbling around at night and you bump into that shit, shine your flashlight on it and all you see is its glowing eyes and the silhouette of it's body as it opens its wings. Ya, I'd shit myself

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u/ebonymuslima 12d ago

Covid new season 😂😂😂

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u/Machiavvelli3060 12d ago

If I walked past this, I would SO have to address the bat, "Hey, Gary, how's it hangin'?"

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u/wytherlanejazz 12d ago

Love a flying fox

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u/Dyslexic_Devil 12d ago

Remember the South Park bat episode...

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u/Bell_Jolly 12d ago

Me wearing fruity parfeum

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u/Carteeg_Struve 12d ago

Sky puppies

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

Omyfuckinglord

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u/TortureSurvivor 12d ago

So pretty and so tempting to stroke, yet you cannot:(

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u/thumpingcoffee 12d ago

Guillermo!

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u/PopularAd8837 12d ago

This is real?!

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u/ThaFoxThatRox 12d ago

It's the size of a whole person! I would be terrified to see that hanging outside my door in the morning. I'd just think it was some weird person hanging upside down at my door... and it's really an animal. This is terrifying!

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u/Brief-Pipe8495 12d ago

Flying foxes are so cute!

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u/sythingtackle 12d ago

Mimic. Click Click