Bats and Their Wings - Bushmeat at Meat Market

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Bats and Their Wings - Bushmeat at Meat Market

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Fruit bats bushmeat sold at Meat Market in Manado, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia.

This meat market was also selling dog meat.

After their wings have been cut off and they have been singed (with a blowtorch) to remove their hair, fruit bats look like weird little black bodies, with no arms and no legs.

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.

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 14, 2016
Paslaten Dua, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
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