Orang Bati

Flying Humanoid of Southeast Asia.

Etymology: Malay (Austronesian), "flying man."

Physical description: Humanlike. Height, 4-5 feet. Red skin. Black wings. Long, thin tail.

Behavior: Nocturnal. Flies from the interior to the coast at night. Call is a long wail. Said to seize infants and children and carry them back to its lair.

Habitat: Dormant volcanos. Distribution: Ambon, Indonesia; Mount Kairatu in Ceram, Indonesia.

Possible explanation: An unknown species of giant bat, if not completely mythical.

Source: Karl Shuker, "Is Batman Alive and Well and Living on the Island of Seram?" Strange Magazine, no. 16 (Fall 1995): 28-29.

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