Rare sighting of endangered megabat in Philippines

Rare sighting of endangered megabat in Philippines

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Rare sighting of endangered megabat in Philippines

The Giant Golden Crowned Flying Fox Bat is a unusual and very long species. These are usually so long that they are sometimes seen draped around the body like a cloak.

The wings will finish up to five feet long When completely displayed. They weigh about 2.5 pounds.

It is recognized as the world ‘s largest bat. This bat has a face that looks very like a fox. They have a long snout very similar to canines. These also have pointed horns rather than oval like most bats. Many call them the Fox with Wings. They even have a golden brown fur on their head.

Giant golden-crowned flying fox
Giant golden-crowned flying fox

It indicates such a resemblance. The rest of the body is black, including the wings. DNA testing, though, indicates that this bat population is not affiliated with the mouse. We have no tail typical of fruit bats.

The only home of the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying-Fox is in the Philippines. The specific locations include Maitum and Mindanao. They live in deep caves as well as in the rainforests. They typically follow the routes of the river, and experts believe it is because they can easily find food sources along those areas.

The behaviors of the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying-Fox Bat around the water is also interesting. They take a great deal of care with personal grooming. They will use their wings to scoop the water up and put it all over the body. They wash frequently in the water, taking their time to do so.

They roost in very large colonies as this helps them to stay warm and to be able to feel safe. However, when they are found in large quantities it makes hunting and destroying them so much easier. Large numbers of them have been destroyed by hunters, and they will attack during the day when these bats are resting in large numbers.

DIET

May travel as much as 25 miles per night when they are out looking for food.

The Giant Golden-Crowned Flying-Fox Bat consumes fruits. These food items typically grown in the rainforest on the fig trees. They hunt for food at night and may travel as much as 25 miles per night when they are out looking for food.

Not only does this process help them to survive, but as they move they spit out seeds from the fruits and this helps with the pollination process.

The types of foods they consume include figs, lamio, and sometimes cultivated fruits of their food supplies are becoming harder to come by.

REPRODUCTION

Due to the isolated locations where the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying-Fox Bat, it is hard to know very much about their reproduction process.

It is believed that they have two breeding seasons annually. However, a female will only become pregnant with a single offspring during one of them.

CONSERVATION

The Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox Bat is in danger of becoming extinct.

At this point in time, the Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox Bat is in danger of becoming extinct. It is heavily hunted by poachers in many locations. They are also in stiff competition with humans for the fruits. When the fruits are taken from that environment these bats have no way to nourish themselves.

The fact that the forest areas where these bats live continue to be destroyed by humans is also a factor. It results in them having less of a habitat for food and shelter. However, there aren’t too many people interested in saving bats. Those that realize the value that they offer with spreading seeds though want to do all they can to help them thrive again.

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John Smith has been with Histecho since 2017, A Senior Editor & Writer for Histecho. his work has been featured in outlets such as Scientific American, The Washington Post, NBC News, and Fox News. John grew up outside of Philadelphia and studied biology at Hamilton College in upstate New York.

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