- A netizen shared on Facebook the story of an 'aswang' attacking her town
- The netizen also showed pictures of the alleged 'aswang', and urges the president to send help
- As it turns out, her pictures may have shown something else entirely different
A certain netizen named Christine Mangubat has used her Facebook account to show proof that her town is being tormented and invaded by an 'aswang' – a shape-shifting monster in Filipino folklore.
Mangubat shared on Facebook two pictures which she said resemble the 'aswang' whose invasion of their town is frightening the people.
The netizen also shared pictures of the alleged victims of the monster as she express sentiments about getting help from the president.
She even claimed that Kapuso star Vic Sotto also believes in “aswang.”
But what made her claims even more bizarre is when she shared pictures of a man holding the body of a strange-looking animal which she says is the 'aswang' she was talking about. Some commenters noted that the recent pictures of the 'aswang' do not look anything like the monster she showed in her earlier posts.
Unfortunately for Mangubat, many commenters pointed out that the supposed pictures of the “aswang” invading her town is actually a colugo, also known as the Philippine flying lemur (Cynocephalus volans) – a rare species of arboreal gliding mammals which feeds on leaves and is found in the forests of Southeast Asia.
Flying lemurs are adorably creepy nocturnal glider with inconspicuous existence that revolves around tree-dwelling. They have a length of 14 to 16 inches and weigh 1 to 2 kilograms, strong visual acuity, and incredible gliding skill which allows them to soar up to 200 feet from tree to tree. Its patagium, an expansive membrane with the greatest surface area possible between its limbs, enable these mammalian glider to fly.
The Philippine flying lemur was declared in 1996 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as a vulnerable specie due to threats from habitat destruction and hunting for the animal’s meat and fur. - DN, Kami Media