I have a confession to make. Ever since I was a wee lass, I’ve had a secret fascination with looking at bats, upside down.
Remember when you were in primary school and your class used to go to the library for some reading time? Some people ploughed through the Harry Potter series. Others read The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe on repeat.
I, however, nestled myself in the corner and, between memorising the Where’s Wally books, smashed through the non-fiction nocturnal animal books like they were going out of fashion.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m aware how weird it sounds. But there’s something so majestic and conniving about these wing’d folk when rotated at 180 degrees that’s hard to look past.
Here, with the help of Photoshop and a quiet news day, I offer very objective, very scientific proof that upside down bats are the unsung heroes of the internet.
While I don’t think myself an expert, I personally find the fruit bat (scientific name: Pteropus) – also known as the flying fox – to be the most visually-pleasing upside down display, thanks to their pointy little face and uneven colouring.
So, without further ado, here’s just a load of glorious upside down bat pics.
This guy (I have nfi how you tell bat genders so I’m just winging it, geddit?) looks like Dracula and I would NOT mess with him:
Check out these dudes, just waiting for a mate:
This one looks like it just got Punk’d:
“You fkn WOT mate?!”:
“Don’t disturb me, I’m serious hungover”:
“My loyal disciples, we are gathered here today”:
Omg he’s so zen. LOOK AT HIM!
Name a cuter specimen, I’ll wait:
Oh, hey there cuties:
Meanwhile this stoner bat has nfi what’s going on:
Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.Image: Getty Images / [Craig RJD]