Skip to comments.Strange New Leaf-Nosed Bat Found in Vietnam
Posted on 02/25/2012 6:49:18 AM PST by JoeProBono
A new species of bat whose face bristles with leaf-like protrusions has been discovered in Vietnam, a new study says.
When scientists first spotted Griffin's leaf-nosed bat in Chu Mom Ray National Park in 2008, the animal was almost mistaken for a known species, the great leaf-nosed bat, said Vu Dinh Thong, of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology in Hanoi.
Still, Vu Dinh and his team, thinking there was a chance the bat might in fact be new to science, used nets to catch some of the docile animals.
"While captured, some similar body-sized bats, i.e. [the] great leaf-nosed bat, reacts very angrily," he said by email. "But Griffin's leaf-nosed bat seems quite gentle."
The team did, however, have to contend with some vexing creaturesthe "unbelievably high" number of leeches that take over Chu Mom Ray during rainy season, he said.
"It seems the leeches tried their best to capture us while we were trapping bats," Vu Dinh said.
"Fortunately, we won."
Agent Orange...the gift that keeps on giving!
bats are icky
If they bite you you become a “plantire.”
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Paging Helen Thomas...
Another potential source of a viral Armageddon.
I love bats...OUTSIDE! Three months ago after my wife took a bath...I went in to use the bathroom...all of a sudden a BIG BROWN BAT comes at me from the bathtub....YAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!
Shop Vac Time...
Did not think bats could get uglier.. But there ya go!
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