Horrifying Leaf-Nosed Bat Discovered In Vietnam

A new species of bat has been found in Chu Mom Ray National Park. Apparently this bat was mistaken for a known species in 2008, but has since been proven genetically distinct. Sweet dreams.

Vu Dinh Thong

According to National Geographic:

So far, “absolutely little is known” about H. griffini, Vu Dinh said. Like all leaf-nosed bats, the newfound mammal has strange, leaf-like projections on its nose that may aid in echolocation—sending out sound waves and listening for echoes bouncing off objects, including prey.

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