The largest bat in the world – 5 interesting facts
This creature is known as the giant golden-crowned flying fox, and it's an animal unique in many ways. Being the world's largest bat, it surprises not only with its size, but also with its lifestyle and behavior.
Quick facts about the world's largest bat:
- it's also widely known by another name: the golden-capped fruit bat;
- some individuals weigh up to to 1.4 kg (3.1 lb);
- it lives in the Philippines.
#1 They feed mostly on fruits
Of all fruits, they love figs the most. They comprise an important part of the bats' diet. Sometimes these bats eat plant leaves. They consume large amounts of food to get all the important nutrients and vitamins.
#2 They have the largest wingspan of all bat species – 1.5–1.7 m (4.9–5.6 ft)
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#3 The females are usually pregnant with one offspring at a time
Little is still known about how the largest bat in the world reproduces. The pups are usually born from April through June.
#4 They can travel up to 40 km (25 miles) per night in search of good fruits
Big bats love fruits, while many of their smaller relatives consume blood. They are known as vampire bats, but in reality they are no evil at all.
#5 They sleep all day long in tree roosts
Golden-capped fruit bats sleep in large groups, consisting of up to several thousands of bats. Different fruit bats usually coexist peacefully, so one group can consist of representatives of different species. Most of them look very alike.
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