I’ve done a ‘Things That Scare Me’ post very recently so we’re covered for the everyday things that strike fear into my heart. Honestly, I meant every last of them.
(Un)luckily for me, soon afterwards I discovered something that eclipses almost everything on that list (not you, Great White Sharks 🦈) and it’s so distressing, I’m not even going to include a picture in this post. I’ll link to it below and you can go look at your own peril.
Anyway, one of the October blog prompts I kept stumbling across was to talk about things that scare you and I thought I’d share my newest (terrifying) discovery.
In and of itself it’s probably not even something that would hurt you. I’m talking about bats but in particular, the endangered megabat which I don’t think is the official species name. It’s really more of a flying fox and oh boy, let me assure you I’d be losing my shit if I ever saw one in the flesh.
Some of the megabats are taller than me (admittedly, not that hard) and they look like actually vampire/bat hybrids, bony elbows and all. Some have a wingspan of over five feet. The first time I saw one (on Twitter), it was just chilling, hanging from someone’s porch minding its own business, the size of a not so small child, arms crossed neatly over his chest.
Again, I don’t think bats have much malice in their hearts, they seem pretty relaxed. The big ones are probably even more full of love. As far as I know (David Attenborough feel free to step in here), they live on a diet of exotic fruits and bark, not middle-aged women. But still, I was not prepared for how big they are and now I’m concerned I’ll meet one one evening on the way home from work. Sure, they seem to be native mainly to Eurasia and Africa but stranger things have happened.
I say all this but now I’ve stared at their pictures a bit more, I think I might be coming round on them. They’re actually pretty sweet.
God I’m fickle.