Small, unknown b atof East Africa.
Physical description: Silver, brownish-gray fur. Paler underparts. Very small wingspan, possibly only 5 inches.
Behavior: Roosts on the ground in piles of dried elephant dung.
Distribution: Marsabit Forest and Mount Kulal, Kenya.
Significant sighting: Terence Adamson briefly ran across this bat in the 1950s in two different locations in Kenya.
Possible explanation: The small Horn-skinned bat (Eptesicus floweri), suggested by Karl Shuker, has a habit of roosting in acacia roots, which are possibly comparable in texture to dried dung. It is known in Mali and southern Sudan.
Sources: John G. Williams, "An Unsolved Mystery," Animals 10 (June 1967): 73-75; Karl Shuker, "A Belfry of Crypto-Bats," Fortean Studies 1 (1994): 235-245.
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