Photographer's Note

Have you ever seen anything like this? In the cafe in Tanah Lot there were bats hanging on the line, two or three of them. Here the owner is feeding them.

Now something unpleasant.
Bat meat is still popular in some parts of Indonesia, despite research suggesting the coronavirus spreading from China might have originated in bats before being passed on to humans.
Bats are traditionally eaten by the Minahasan people from North Sulawesi in the form of a curry-like dish called Paniki. Whole bats are used in Paniki, including the head and wings.
Bats are eaten by people in parts of some Asian, African, European, and Pacific Rim countries and cultures, including Vietnam, Seychelles, Indonesia,[ Palau, Thailand, China, and Guam. Half the fruit bat species are hunted for food.

Are these poor animals responsible for our problems now?

Picture in a large format here:

Closer view of the animals:

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12349 W: 133 N: 31765] (146913)
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