One must be extremely cautious and must avoid making noise that will disturb the bats. When disturbed, bats are known to fly about in frenzy.
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Bat Caves in in the company of local guides, usually young village children, who can show you the best spots for viewing the nocturnal creatures. Philippines
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Bat Caves in Philippines: East of Yapak, Boracay Island
On the hunt for their nightly meal, a swarm of Geoffroy's Rousette fruit bats bursts out of a Philippines .
In January 2011 a
U.S. cave-mapping expedition stumbled upon an unusually high number of pregnant bats in the Monfort bat colony, in the country's southern Mindanao region. The bat species does not usually give birth in January, making the discovery a "big surprise" and forcing the scientists to halt their mapping project, according to Norma Monfort, founder and president of the Monfort Bat Cave & Conservation Foundation .
The cause of the bat baby boom is unknown, although Monfort suspects one factor may be that the cave is protected from humans as an ecotourism site, which allows their numbers to grow. Monfort's family has owned the property for more than a hundred years.
In most of the bats' Southeast Asian range, people either hunt the mammals for food or disturb them while harvesting guano for fertilizer. If people enter a bat cave, nursing mothers can be easily startled, causing their pups to tumble to their deaths, Monfort said by email. (Interactive: Hear bat calls.)
But at Monfort cave, the 1.8-million-strong colony is not only thriving, in 2010 the Guinness Book of World Records deemed it the world's largest gathering of
Old World fruit bats.
In the 1980s caretakers of the Monfort property would tell stories of a "white lady, alleged to be the spiritual guardian of the bat cave," Monfort said. "It was said that she showed herself only to a very privileged few."
In 2010 Manila-based photographer Nelson Rivera joined the lucky minority when he captured shots of this rare albino bat—later nicknamed "Blanca Bella," or "beautiful white."
"She was photographed pregnant last summer, then seen carrying a regularly colored … pup, which disappeared after five weeks," Monfort said, adding that the young bat must have learned how to fly.
Albinism in bats is rare but has been recorded before, including in five species of Indian bat, she added.