This photo of a 'human-sized' bat is not a fake

If you’re not fond of rodents then imagine spotting one of these hanging from the ceiling.

It’s called the ‘giant golden-crowned flying fox’, it’s native to the Philippines and as you can see – it’s quite large.

Recently a photo of one of these bats (labelled as ‘human-sized’) hanging out in a shed or garage somewhere in the Philippines ignited social media.

It was posted to Twitter by the 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.’

While this is one of the largest bat species in the world – calling it human-sized is inaccurate. The bats can grow to have a wingspan of up to 5.5 feet (easily the size of a person) but its height is probably only a foot or so.

It has the longest documented forearm of any bat species at 8.5 inches.

So while the above image is certainly very real and not a fake, it may not be quite the size it first appears to be.

Even so – unfortunately because of deforestation and poaching, the giant golden-crowned flying fox is an endangered species.

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