Here’s a creature from the Philippines that will stop you in your tracks.
The giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus) grows as large as 3 feet with a 5-6 feet wingspan. For the record, that’s also wider than Danny DeVito is tall.
It is quite simply one of the largest species of bats in the world.
You’d think that the megabat, the hulking size of a 6-year-old kid, would be a threat, but it’s harmless — the animal is vegetarian and primarily munches on fruit. For that reason, it is also known as the golden-capped fruit bat.
The giant crowned flying fox bats even help spread seeds as pollinators.
Unfortunately, the species is endangered and facing extinction due to poaching in the forest. Bats are not a significant risk to humans, so don’t touch them or their homes.