Monday, September 20, 2010

My World#87 Bat In Captive at Philippine Eagle Center

This is the entrance area of the Philippine Eagle Center at the mountain slopes of Calinan, Davao City.


Before entering the eagle center, I saw this bat hanging by a bamboo pole. It was about a foot tall. Owned by one of the stall owners lining the perimeter of the Philippine Eagle center premises, it was taken into captivity when it was still a baby after its mother was killed for food by poachers.

The poor bat never learned how to fly. It was injured with one broken wing from falling the tree whlie its mother was being hunted. I wondered if he would've done better if he had some of his kind to help him through the learning process on how to fly on his own despite its injuries. On the other hand, he  may be in the better place right now with his owner fussing over him, treating him like a real pet.

I was able to touch him but he fretted and hissed (if I could call it that's more like screech) and would only calm down if his owner comes near. 

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Dina September 20, 2010 at 4:02 PM  

This is a fantastic photo of a bat!!

What a story he has.
Do people really eat bats?

J Bar September 20, 2010 at 4:08 PM  

Good close-up.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

aka Penelope September 20, 2010 at 4:44 PM  

I have never seen such an intriguing photo of a bat and I don’t recall knowing bats are food in some parts. It seems like a pet that loves only its caretaker. Both beautiful and a little disturbing to realize its past.

Sylvia K September 20, 2010 at 4:52 PM  

What an awesome capture! I didn't know people ate bats!! As a matter of fact, I didn't know people had them as pets! Amazing! Terrific post for the day! Hope you have a lovely week, Marites!


Anonymous September 20, 2010 at 5:38 PM  

Incredible. I hope in response to Dina's question - that bats are not considered food for people.

Marites September 20, 2010 at 8:52 PM  

to all: yes, some people in remote areas do eat bats. I hope they would stop some doing it though.

Kay L. Davies September 20, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

How wonderful to find an orphaned bat and raise it as a pampered pet. Many people wouldn't do that.

Alberta, Canada

Jenn September 21, 2010 at 7:31 AM  

The bat kinda looked scared to me. How awful that it never learned to fly.

Carver September 21, 2010 at 8:21 AM  

That's a great shot of the bat. Sad that he can't fly.

Coffeeveggie addict. September 21, 2010 at 8:29 AM  

that is amazing!....never seen a bat so close to me perhaps i will be too scared lol!your first photo is the best

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