The golden-crowned flying fox in the Philippines is a huge bat with a 1.7m wing span that – but thankfully, the beast typically feasts on fruit rather than flesh
The monster size of a giant bat has horrified people on social media after a photo of the creature went viral.
A massive golden-crowned flying fox was snapped in the Philippines and has now attracted a whopping 300,000 likes on Twitter.
The user who uploaded the picture put any doubts the beast was real to rest in the post that quickly went viral.
He added: “Remember when I told y’all about the Philippines having human-sized bats? Yeah, this was what I was talking about.”
The hulking bat is native to Asian island nation and has a wingspan of 1.7m.
A post alongside the snap said: “Despite their hulking size, these bats are vegetarian and consume primarily fruit.”
The user was stunned the post “blew up” and said he didn’t want people to become scared of bats – but people certainly were scared of this one.”
One commenter said under the photo: “Holy mother. It’s Batman the size of a man.”
Another confessed he would “leave the country” if he lived alongside the giant bats.
He continued: “This bat is taller than me and I’m both horrified and impressed in equal measure.”
But, one man in the Philippines said while the bats have huge wingspans their bodies are not big – about the size of a small dog.
The bloke added: “They’re really gentle too.”
Others said the way the photo was taken made the bat look much bigger than it actually was.
The photo was shared as scientists link the coronavirus pandemic to bats.