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#127 Thongaree's Disc-nosed Bat

Critically Endangered

Continuing with "Eye of newt, toe of frog, wool of bat" through today. I will be going outside of Macbeth tomorrow though.

These bats live in Thailand, in a disturbingly small area. Their range is assumed to be about 1 1/2 to 3 square miles which in and of itself is not much. There have only been 3 seen (caught) though, and all within an area of 1/10 to 1/2 of a square mile. They are the only species of their genus. They are a false vampire bat, and about all that is known of them is that they have eaten beetles. What little I could see of a scientific article about them mentioned 2 females, and "skull extracted" about both. So, I have a feeling that the three collected were not collected alive or if they were, they weren't kept that way.

This is probably my oldest son's favourite costume I ever made for him. He was 5 years old and absolutely dedicated to trains. If I'd had more time and funds I would have made it out of something more durable so the wheels would look more like actual train wheels, and could move. I did at least manage to give it a working light and a bell though, and it was lightweight enough he had no problems with it. They weren't allowed to wear costumes in school, but he was able to share it as show-and-tell.

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