Giant b atof Madagascar.

Etymology: Betsileo Malagasy (Austronesian), "that which seizes the hair." Physical description: Giant bat. Behavior: Dives on humans and tears their hair.

Distribution: Madagascar. Possible explanation: Unknown species of fruit bat larger than the Madagascan flying fox (Pteropus rufus), which has a wingspan of 5 feet.

Sources: Raymond Decary, La faune malgache, son rôle dans les croyances et les usages indigènes (Paris: Payot, 1950), p. 206; Bernard Heuvelmans, On the Track of Unknown Animals (New York: Hill and Wang, 1958), p. 516.

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