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The giant crowned flying fox is a human size bat from the Philippines

Here’s a creature that will stop you in your tracks.

Endemic to the Philippines, the giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus) grows as large as 3 feet with a wingspan of 5-6 feet.

It is one of the largest bats in the world.

You’d think that the megabat the size of a 6-year-old kid would be a threat but it’s actually harmless — it’s vegetarian and primarily munches on fruit. As pollinators, the bats even help spread seeds.

Unfortunately, the species is endangered and facing extinction due to poaching in the forest.

The giant crowned flying fox is a human size bat from the Philippines
Photo: Gregg Yann
The giant crowned flying fox is a human size bat from the Philippines
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The giant crowned flying fox is a human size bat from the Philippines
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The giant crowned flying fox is a human size bat from the Philippines
Photo: Dave Irving
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