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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, March 15, 2019
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Rare albino bat
spotted in Danjugan
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

 

A rare albino bat was spotted in Danjugan Island in Cauayan town, Negros Occidental recently.

Dave Albao, executive director of the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc. which manages Danjugan Island, said their head tour guide found the rare bat in a cave a couple of weeks ago, and have been spotting him/her ever since.

Danjugan Island remains an important wildlife sanctuary in Negros Occidental, where animals like the rare albino bat take refuge, Albao said, adding that he was excited to see the rare bat as it is not endemic to Negros Occidental.

He is urging the public “to protect our wildlife as they indicate the health of the very nature we depend on.”

He said cave nectar bats, usually black and gray, are ecologically important to the island’s ecosystems for seed dispersal and as bioindicators for a sustainable future. “The white bat reminds us how special these mammals are,” he added.

Albinism is the lack of pigmentation that causes white hair and pink eyes in mammals and even in human beings.*

 

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