A startled Australian man has vowed to never sleep again after he was attacked by a bat while walking home from the supermarket.
As strange as it may seem, there has been a spate of bat attacks in Australia in recent weeks, with 10 incidents in the last three weeks alone.
So far this year, 17 residents on Australia's Gold Coast have fallen victim to the furry bloodsuckers which are thought to be acting desperately due to poor weather and low food supplys.
Speaking to the Gold Coast Bulletin, Brian Ogibney, 41, described his close encounter with the bat which accosted him whilst he was walking home with groceries.
According to Brian, the creature flew out from a tree and attacked him three times.
He said: "I'm mentally prepared for the spiders, but no one ever tells you to watch out for the bats.
"I'm never going to sleep again, but I'm okay."
After making an escape, Brian noticed a cut on his hand so went to a medical centre to get it checked out.
Whilst there he claims he saw another bat attack victim, with doctors confirming they've had a new patient every fortnite.
However, bat conservationists have hit back at the idea that bats are attacking helpless Aussies and claimed that the average bloodsucker is about as brave as a chicken.
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Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Bats Queensland spokeswoman Rhiannon Traish-Walker said: "'The idea bats intentionally attack people is simply not true.
"Bats are about as brave as your average chicken.
"What is happening is bats are going where they don’t usually go.
'Our rescue numbers have more than doubled, finding starvation bats that are weak and in need of help.'
"Because bats struggle to fly from low ground they are more at risk of crashing into people or cars so as they come closer to us in desperate attempts to find food."
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