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Were-Bats | Man-Sized, Screeching Bat Monsters

Guess what’s 6-ft. tall, flies and shrieks so loud you puke? That’s right. It’s a were-bat … and there’s more of them than you think.

Were-Bat Description & Origin

A were-bat face, description and possible origin
Were-bat descriptions vary, but most believe it has a face similar to this model

Description

There’s little variation between descriptions. Eyewitnesses agree on these points:

  • 5′ to 9′ in height
  • Yellow or red glowing eyes
  • Walk upright
  • No membranes between legs
  • Shrieking or screeching makes you ill
  • Dark brown to black fur covers body (although hairless versions have been seen)
  • Wings connect from the arms to the torso and down to the knees
  • Hands are visible and used, unlike your standard bat where the hands and fingers are its wings

There’s a little more variation to the snout and ears. In some reports, the were-bat has large ears that go up along the sides of the head. Others say they have larger than normal ears along the temple, but don’t protrude up.

For the snout, some say the nose and mouth are smushed on the face, like a typical bat. A few others say the monster has an extended snout like a wolf.

There’s some variation about the legs. It’s evenly split between haunches like other 4-legged animals or standard human legs.

Witnesses describe to features that differ from your standard bat:

  1. Sight: Were-bats can see just fine in daylight and may have infrared vision. Bats are blind and use a sonar to navigate as they fly.
  2. Shrieking: Were-bats use a shriek that causes nausea. This may be an attack or warning. Bats have a shriek as part of its sonar, but the frequency is too high for people to hear them. The were-bat shriek is likely a vestige of humanity: Our vocal cords can’t hit the high notes like bats.

Origin

These cryptids are shapechangers, much like a werewolf. They have a human form and under certain conditions, they can shift into a bat-like form. It may require some kind of magic to fly and silence its heavy wing flapping. In general, were-bats are cursed people or naturally born, not a genetically-spliced creature like a batsquatch.

There’s debate about were-bats and their origin. Some cryptozoologists say they are naturally born; others say it’s a curse. Legends say these shapechangers have always been with us, which makes me side with those who say they naturally appear (albeit rarely) in human populations.

About Batsquatch: Mad scientists or military scientists likely engineered the monster. Mankind likes to make monsters to fight. If you look at the batsquatch, it has very appealing characteristics like strength, durability, ease-of-training, and human-like limbs for using weapons. All good things to use on covert missions. Plus, you can use apes for ‘medical’ purposes to splice their DNA as much as you’d like.

Food Sources

werebats eat dogs, cats and other small animals, but they don't eat people
A were-bat wrapped in its wings and ready to feed

Watch your small dogs and cats: Were-bats love to gobble tabbies and Pomeranians.

No, really. Pets can be a delectable food source for this monster. It has a human-ish appearance, may smell like a person to a dog, and may still have a human voice. The were-bat could lure a dog or cat into its clawed hands or swoop down and snatch Fido.

It also roams forests, so possums, raccoons, fawns and other small forest animals are on its menu.

People don’t have to worry: A were-bat has never attacked and eaten a person. Usually, the shriek is enough to keep us away. And the were-bat knows it has a human-self and wouldn’t cannibalize: It has human relatives, after all.

Territories

Tacoma, WA had a credible batsquatch sighting in 1994
Tacoma, Washington had the most credible were-bat sighting in 1994

The creatures have been found across the United States, but each site did have some things in common:

  1. Small cities (or suburbs) near dense woods
  2. Ample food supply (pets)
  3. Few light poles

According to Linda S. Godfrey in her book, American Monsters, these creatures were identified in:

  • Tacoma, Washington
  • University Park neighborhood, Chicago (near The University of Chicago)
  • Butler County, Pennsylvania
  • Pacific, Missouri
  • Akron, Ohio
  • Lytle, Texas (Texas is known for its bats)
  • Chihuahua, Mexico

But, even in the larger cities, were-bat sightings happened in less densely populated and less well lit areas. Now, Chicago doesn’t have dense forests, but it does have abandoned buildings and long, dark alleyways. And, it could shift back to human form, get in a car, and drive home.

Were-Bats Today

A genetic take on the were-bat

I think it’s safe to say were-bats don’t mean to harm anyone. If that were the case, then we’d have a list of bodies from each encounter.

The biggest threat to were-bats is … reproduction. Were-bats, in human form, will likely marry a normal human. The genes don’t get passed down to its offspring. There’s less than 10% chance a were-bat will have a child with its abilities. Plus, were-bats don’t generally have many children. Much like bats in the wild, they may only have 1 or 2 pups during their lifetime. Human families don’t have many kids anymore. It’s expensive to raise a family nowadays.

Cursed were-bats usually flee from their family and friends because they don’t want to pass on the curse by mistake. If you live as a hermit, well, you’re not going to have many reproductive chances or scratch someone to pass it on.

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2 Comments

  1. In my research, it was easy to see how people confuse were-bats, batsquatch and man-bats. It left my head spinning. Batsquatch is a giant, tho. It’s the big, muscly monsters with wings on its back. A man-bat and were-bat don’t have wings there. Also, a man-bat is stuck in its form: It can’t shape change.

    It was also disappointing that were-bats don’t have a lot of info out there, hence this article. I really find them, and their bat cousins, really interesting.

  2. Hmm, maybe the Jersey Devil is a werebat.

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