by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals.
Photo: Piotr Naskrecki, Conservation International

It’s being called the “Yoda” bat — a newly discovered fruit bat found in the remote rainforests of Papua New Guinea as part of an expedition by Conservation International to study new species.

More than 200 new creatures and plants were cataloged, though very little is known about the Yoda bat beyond its role in seed dispersal and a possible enjoyment of fellatio. You read that right.

For some photos of the other bizarre and beautiful discoveries, jump here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Kimitake Hiraoka

    Eww that thing is uuuuugly!

    Poor little bugger. If ever his species is threatened, ain’t no animal-rights group going to leap to his defence. As certain animal-rights campaigners will tell you, you need a cute and photogenic creature to put on your campaign posters like a whale, dolphin or baby seal… Alas for the Yoda Bat, his is a face fit for extinction.

    • Rob Dotzler

      I notice you’ve saved us from seeing your face, thanks for that. Now leave the bat the hell alone.

  • herwin

    “cataloged” means something like captured, killed and stuffed, so the scientist can “study” them and we can see them in the museum.

  • crumpets are yummy

    Gawd i hope not, i loved this little bat..I Hope he is OK.

  • Erin Elizabeth

    i think he is adorable. i also think it’s funny this post is getting more comments than the celeb posts ;)

  • Whoever…

    I think he’s cute :)
    But I think all animals and plants have at least one cute characteristic about them, so…

    Not all animals have to be furry and emblematic to be considered cute!

    I just hope this scientific expedition didn’t hurt any animal. Many scientists (those who really care about Nature) nowadays study and catalog animals and plants without killing them. I hope this was the case.

    Isn’t Nature absolutely beautiful and rich?
    What the hell are doing to our planet, destroying it because of our stupid greed?

  • Evey

    Couldn’t agree more. This bat is absolutely adorable, and nature is amazing. We need to take care of it. Love you Yoda bat!!

  • Rob Dotzler

    Biodiversity would be pathetic were it not for bats being among us. We need to protect them at all costs or the planet may no longer be able to sustain us. Btw, they are a lot closer to primates than most people realize.