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FEATURE: Taichung bats return after cave renovations

TOURIST TRAP?Bars were placed across an entrance to the cave and a stream was rerouted into the aqueduct as part of a decades-long effort to re-establish the colony

By Chen Chien-chih and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

“Also, the Greater Taichung Government must implement security and protective measures. I will ensure that the bridge will be completed soon and together with the bats repopulating the cave, it should boost local tourism,” she added.

According to scientists, the Formosan leaf-nosed bat is the largest insectivorous bat in Taiwan, with its main diet consisting of beetles and other flying insects.

The cave-dwelling species normally weighs between 45g and 65g, with a wingspan of 54cm and can be found in habitats up to an elevation of 1,700m.

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