Elephant Dung

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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