Bat Meat - Bats Bushmeat - Meat Market in Indonesia

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Bat Meat - Bats Bushmeat - Meat Market in Indonesia

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Heads of fruit bats bushmeat on a stand at the Tentena meat market - Sulawesi Island, Indonesia.

After their wings have been cut off and they have been singed (with a blowtorch) to remove their hair, fruit bats look like screaming baby gargoyles with their wide open mouth full of sharp teeth, with no arms and no legs.

No, you cannot "unsee" this image, and you will have nightmares for the rest of your life. j/k.

In many areas of Sulawesi, fruit bats (Megabats, flying foxes) are the main source of meat. They are hunted and caught in the jungle by locals using just fishing lines and hooks

They are then sold as bushmeat in local meat shops. Apparently there are plenty of fruit bats in the jungle, so they are pretty inexpensive on the meat markets.

The bat wings are always sold separately from the body of the bat. They also singe the wings, I think to kill parasites that could be on the bat wing skin.

Bats carry all kinds of viruses including coronaviruses, but fruit bats do not carry the COVID-19 virus. However all bats can carry the lyssavirus (closely related to rabies) which can cause serious illness in humans. But the chances of getting infected by this bat virus are very small.

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Photo taken on March 5, 2016
Lapter, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
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