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Sydney, Australia is a very batty place, and not in the mental “crazy” sense, but in the literal way all the trees in the Botanical Gardens are swarming with gigantic, creepy bats!

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The first time I found myself wandering around the gardens, I was confused as to the constant, unpleasant noise filling the air. When suddenly I looked up to see an enormous bat flying low on the ground in my direction, I quickly realized that was the sound of thousands of bats filling every single tree!

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It was actually quite confusing. The sun was shining super bright – not a cloud in the sky – and there they were, bats, hanging out getting a suntan. Unfortunately, I was only armed with with my cell phone, whose pictures just weren’t cutting it, so I actually made a second trip for the sole purpose of photographing these normally nocturnal creatures in the park.

Now, I’m from Illinois where the bats we might get are really nothing more than a mouse with wings. However, these guys over in Australia are frighteningly HUGE… at least to me. All the locals walk around like its nothing while I can’t quite take my eyes of them… and to be honest, I often found myself feeling stared back at. *shudder*

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There was definitely more to see than just the bats at the gardens. Take a look at the gallery below for more Sydney goodness!

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3 Responses to Sydney Is A Bit Batty

  1. nick March 25, 2009 at 7:33 am #

    So huge!
    interesting… what do they eat?

  2. Brooke March 26, 2009 at 7:31 am #

    hmm I don’t know what they eat… I’m going to say fruit and make myself happy 🙂 haha

  3. brookeschoenman February 2, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    Making a list of things to do w my mom in #Sydney. Fear of bats? yep, but we’re still going to see the flying foxes! http://bit.ly/d5E6ll

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