Fang-ks for my lunch! Baby bat chews its food furiously fast after opening its mouth superwide
- The bat was fed a mealworm with a tweezer in East Trentham, Victoria, Australia
- It excitedly leans back to catch the creepy crawly and it flashes pearly whites
- It hastily chomps down on the insect in the video shared on September 19
- A common pipistrelle bat can eat more than 3,000 insects in one night
A baby bat has been captured opening its mouth wide before bearing its teeth to frantically eat a mealworm in Australia.
The hilarious clip shows the mammal, which appears to be a Chalinolobus gouldii or Common Pipistrelle bat, excitedly leaning its head backwards into the sky as it anticipates the arrival of the creepy crawly in its mouth in East Trentham, Victoria, Australia.
A Common Pipistrelle can eat more than 3,000 tiny insects in a single night, according to the Bat Conservation Trust.
A baby bat in East Trentham in Victoria, Australia, has been made to sing for its supper as its owner waved a mealworm in its face, in a video shared yesterday
The fluffy animal appears to be wrapped up in tissue on an owner’s hand while holding its mouth open in the hope that the creepy crawly is dropped inside
Dinner in a dash: It hastily chomps down on the golden worm which sends its whole body shaking. And a common pipistrelle species of bat can eat more than 3,000 tiny insects in a single night, according to the Bat Conservation Trust
In the video, the mammal flashes its razor-sharp pearly-white teeth to the camera as the owner waves the golden worm on the end of a miniature tweezer.
The owner then drops the worm into the cute animal’s mouth and it speedily chomps down on it, in the video which was posted on September 19.
Its whole body is sent shaking as the animal uses all its physical power to munch the insect.
The mammal’s jaw starts jolting as the infant bat gradually draws the chunky worm into its mouth.
Once it is devoured, the bat pauses for a moment and stretches its mouth open for a breather after the intense feed.
It appears to be panting after the meal and the filmer can be heard laughing at the small animal’s exhaustion.
After the bat has finished its meal, it gapes its mouth wide open for a breather and is ready for more as though its worm simply wet the appetite
What is a Chalinolobus gouldii bat?
The Chalinolobus gouldii is a species of bat most commonly found in Australia and is named after the English naturalist and ornithologist John Gould
He produced the five-volume book Birds of Europe and Monograph of the Ramphastidae which became so successful that he moved to Australia with his wife Elizabeth Coxon to make a collection of drawings on the country’s birds.
Gould went on to produce The Birds of Australia and Mammals of Australia books.
Key characteristics: Fleshy round ear lobes at the corner of its mouth and average weight 14g with 11.5cm height Location: Mainland Australia, Tasmania, New Caledonia and Norfolk Island
Ideal habitat: Woodlands, hollows in old trees, ceilings and basements of buildings.
Diet: Mealworms, arab beetles, caterpillars, crickets and moths
Sources: Australian Museum and Atlas of Living Australia