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Human-sized bat leaves social media users terrified



Photo posted on Twitter appears to show a ‘human-sized’ bat in the Philippines but the photograph is a camera trick showing a giant golden-crowned flying fox

The bats can grow up to a foot in height, but can have a mighty 5ft5in wingspan. The photo utilises forced perspective – like someone ‘holding-up’ a falling tree.

For many it is the stuff of horror films or nightmares – a human-sized bat hanging outside their home.

And those afraid of such hanging horrors may well have a sleepless night after seeing this photograph. But have no fear, because all is not what it seems.

While the picture, taken in the Philippines, appears to show a ‘human-size’ horror hanging upside down from a roof, it is actually a clever camera trick.

Although the flying mammals can have wing-span of up to 5ft5in, slightly above the average height of women in the UK, the bats only grow to a height of around a foot.

While the giant golden-crowned flying fox is significantly bigger than the average UK bat, which has a wingspan shorter than that of sparrow, it is certainly not ‘human-sized’ in terms of height.

However with some clever forced perspective photography, the kind that allows people to ‘hold-up’ buildings such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the bats can look much bigger than they really are – as in this example.

That hasn’t stopped people freaking out after the picture was posted on Twitter by user @AlexJoestar622 who wrote: ‘Remember when I told y’all about the Philippines having human-sized bats? ‘Yeah, this was what I was talking about.’

The post has been liked more than 260,000 times and attracted thousands of comments.

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One Twitter user was quick to point out the real size of the bat however, saying: ‘Heya, from the Philippines here. I can confirm this, they have a huuuuuge wingspan but the bodies are not really that big, more or less like the same body as a medium (bit smaller) sized dog.

‘And yeah they only eat fruits, guavas most particularly. They’re really gentle too.’