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The face of the leaf-nosed bat found in Vietnam:

A new species of bat whose face bristles with leaf-like protrusions has been discovered in Vietnam, a new study says.

When scientists first spotted Griffin’s leaf-nosed bat in Chu Mom Ray National Park in 2008, the animal was almost mistaken for a known species, the great leaf-nosed bat, said Vu Dinh Thong, of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology in Hanoi.

Still, Vu Dinh and his team, thinking there was a chance the bat might in fact be new to science, used nets to catch some of the docile animals.

“While captured, some similar body-sized bats, i.e. [the] great leaf-nosed bat, reacts very angrily,” he said by email. “But Griffin’s leaf-nosed bat seems quite gentle.”


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