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    I think it looks pretty and strange. pretty strange.
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Strange New Leaf-Nosed Bat Found in Vietnam
Nose projections may help species catch prey.
Christine Dell’Amore
National Geographic News
Published February 24, 2012
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."
The team did, however, have to contend  with some vexing creatures—the “unbelievably high” number of leeches  that take over Chu Mom Ray during rainy season, he said.
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Strange New Leaf-Nosed Bat Found in Vietnam

Nose projections may help species catch prey.

Christine Dell’Amore

National Geographic News

Published February 24, 2012

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."

The team did, however, have to contend with some vexing creatures—the “unbelievably high” number of leeches that take over Chu Mom Ray during rainy season, he said.

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