By Nathaniel Coleman
I've read that owls, hawks, raccoons, and snakes will sometimes eat bats, but not often. If we believe only what biology textbooks
tell us, hardly any animal regularly eats bats. Their main enemy is disease and humans.
But a few American cryptozoologists have
uncovered some circumstantial evidence that there is a preditor that hunts bats. This predator is beginning to make a name for itself,
too: "ropen." What the cryptozoologists at first thought was a creature of Papua New Guinea, they now believe lives also in the United
States. What they at first thought ate mostly fish, shellfish, and carrion, they now believe may also eat Nighthawk birds and nocturnal
The biology professor Peter Beach has observed bioluminescent flying creatures over the Yakima River in Washington State.
A year later, on a second expedition, he observed a nocturnal flying creature too large to be
any American bat. It flew overhead, revealing
a long neck and long neck, according to another cryptozoologist who was with Beach. Only a few seconds earlier, two bright flashes
over the river caused many Nighthawks in the area to scream, many screams, that Beach interpreted to be a
response to the large nocturnal
Although there is limited direct evidence, as of early 2009, that large
ropens or pterosaur-like creature
eat bats, the circumstantial evidence
is significant and deserves further investigations.
What Eats Bats?
A Modern Pterosaur?
of the "pterodactyl" seen by American World War II veteran
Fallacy of the Flying
Explanation For the Living Pterosaur Sightings