Bat sinks teeth into produce at Hong Kong supermarket

"Alright, we know that technically pests in food are a huge "no-no", but one Hongkonger's photo of what looks like a little fruit bat hanging out with some apples has got us cooing at our desks.

The furry bat was seen enthusiastically getting a taste for knowledge (or just trying to keep those pesky bat doctors away) in the fruit section of the International supermarket on King's Road in North Point. One might even say the little fella is batty for fruit...

According to Apple Daily, a shopper surnamed Pun originally mistook the bat for a large rodent before getting closer. What, did the wings not give it away?

In the true spirit of "pics or gtfo", Pun reportedly took a photo of the fruit-loving bat and left, presumably to leak the story to the most appropriate named publication he could find (good job, buddy!).
Pun expressed his concern about the supermarket's hygiene standards, saying "Normally I would be scared to see just cockroaches and rodents in supermarkets, but such a large bat [in a supermarket] is really over the line".

He added that he would report the incident to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. Ouch! How do you like them apples?

The manager of the branch of International in question reportedly refused to comment on the situation."

translated - google
"PARKnSHOP discovered bat bite! 6 o'clock yesterday evening, Mr. Ban readers to days PARKnSHOP stores, customers see a number of onlookers and camera beside the green basket, then came to understand. Pan refers initially thought to have born fruit basket infested rats, careful look, Hector see a bat bite the apple.

Mr. Ban said, when in a hurry, quickly left after taking PARKnSHOP, how staff deal with unknown events. Pan admitted that "really surprised Department, usually (Bei supermarkets) See Zadzha, mice are scared, (this time) Han big bats really very exaggerated." He continued finger, frequented the store, worried bat continued sojourn PARKnSHOP and spread germs, or would complain to the department.

PARKnSHOP spokesman said, because the relevant shop is located hillside, suspected to bat flew into the shop and had to leave unexpectedly. PARKnSHOP 已把 related destruction apple, fruits and shelves near the place has been completely cleaned. According to Hong Kong laws with the bat as a protected wild animal, can not hunt or intentional interference.

AFCD Wetland and Fauna Conservation Officer Dan Zhongtang, said the alligator belongs bats fruit bats, Hong Kong is one of 27 kinds of bats, eat fruit and nectar, will park and the outskirts of Palmetto and Washingtonia robusta in Ye nesting, the department statistics in 2008, the number of alligators fruit bats in Hong Kong about 800, they do not hibernate, four active and most especially its vision particularly good, unlike other amblyopia bats.

Stone said the only fruit bats broke into the supermarket is extremely rare, and should be an isolated incident, the nocturnal habits of bats, generally at around 20:00 haunt, the only fruit bats in the evening 6:00 is found not common; and generally terrifying collective infested bat; Also fruit bats eat figs, rarely find it to eat apples.

He pointed out that other wild animals such as bats, who may or virus carrier, but the case of fruit bats bats relatively cleanly, daily take a long time are clean, though, so contact with bats do not eat the food, the people you want to touch the bat Wash your hands with soap, but do not panic too much. If the bat broke indoors, the public can open windows and doors, it will fly away from, or cover it with a vessel, with newspaper underpinning, will release it to the window, if the bat met the injured can call 1823, inform the AFCD save .

Patronize the stores people expressed concern about the spread of the virus. Sun believes will spread the bacteria, he said: "GOD will be scared." He was worried about eating apples will get sick, hope PARKnSHOP strengthen supervision.Cheng also worried bats spread the virus, but because he thinks fruit bats come, "have not even surprising." Inevitable thing, hope can be destroyed PARKnSHOP related to Apple."


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Bat sinks teeth into produce at Hong Kong supermarket
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