Wednesday, October 13, 2010

up to bat

While on Samal Island, we visited the Bat Caves one afternoon.

This underground cave, with a series of 5 different openings,
is supposedly featured in the Guinness Book of World Records
as the largest colony of Rousette Fruit Bats in the world.

We followed our Filipino guide (the one with the sunscreen on his head - these 'head coverings' also double as umbrellas on rainy days!) through the property to the cave.

Shhhh.... sleeping bats ahead!

The guide led us around the railing right to the edge of the cave.
We could almost feel the rush of bat wings, and the guano smell was pretty pungent.

Michael peers inside the first cave opening

Each cave opening had an amazing number of bats - we read on one sign that there are 60 per square foot!

And then came the chance of a lifetime.

Our guide thought it was great that we were willing to hold the baby bat.
I thought it was an amazing, not-to-be-missed opportunity!

What amazing little creatures these are!

"My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise His holy name for ever and ever."
Psalm 145:21


Rosalie said...

Haha . . . plastic, right?

us5 said...

um...sure, Rosalie, if that makes you feel better! ;) actually the wings felt like very thin leather.

Judy said...

Wow. You and Michael have gone batty. Don't think I would have taken the risk of being bitten!

us5 said...

we were the only ones who held it; the others declined. maybe we are a little batty! i don't think i would have done it if it hadn't been a fruit bat. fruit bats are actually kind of cute!

Kay Heritage said...

You brave souls to hold such winged rodents!

us5 said...

that's it, Kay! we're 'brave souls!' :lol: or maybe, like Judy said, we've just gone batty...?

i do admit to having slathered hand sanitizer on afterward.