Bats – the myths and facts

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BY FAISAL ALI ANWARALI KHAN

THERE is a saying in Malay Culture “tak kenal maka tak cinta” which can be translated as “you would not fall in love if you don’t get to know the person”. This is the best phrase that we can describe “bats” that are now in the spotlight with the recent emergence of the COVID-19 virus. There is already widespread cultural misconceptions and myths about bats. Adding any unverified information related to the virus that is raging across many countries will only pose a serious threat to the conservation of this ecologically endangered species.