Hammer-headed Bat Photo – January 17, 2020

When I go to the default home page on my phone’s browser, it has various news articles, along with a few clickbait ads at the bottom. The one that drew my attention a few days ago was a clickbait tease that showed what looked like a cross between a bat with a horse’s head. This particular clickbait site tends to put between 20 and 80 pages you have to click through with no guarantee the image is in the list. With all the photoshop images out there, I wasn’t sure if it was real. I typed in a search parameter horse bat animal. Surprisingly a photo popped up of the critter. I clicked on the image as it wasn’t going to the clickbait site. It said Hammerhead Bat. Still wasn’t sure if this existed.

I went to Wikipedia and typed Hammerhead Bat and found this – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hammer-headed_bat. It appears the photo I saw was taken in a way to make it appear larger than it is. It’s also why I thought the head was horse shaped. I am leery of Wikipedia as they have had some hoaxes on their site for years – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_hoaxes_on_Wikipedia

This list is incomplete, as many hoaxes remain undiscovered.

Not sure ‘Speedy deleted as “G3: Blatant hoax”‘ applies to something that was on Wikipedia for 13 years, 4 months. The quote above makes one wonder how many hoaxes are on the site and how long they have been there. In general, they are pretty good about catching most hoaxes fast.

These days I don’t take anything at face value since various groups love to photo shop images or edit videos to make something appear to be something else. I verified with other sites although I doubt this animal would have been on Wikipedia as long as it has been if it was a hoax.

Good point in one article I read where moose head may be a better description than my horse head or the nickname hammer head.

 

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Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's collaborateDealspotr.com
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