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With a wingspan of one meter, the Vampyrum spectrum bat is one of the largest on Earth. It is a wild predator, hunting birds, mammals such as tree squirrels, and even other bats. However, among the bat species, the mysterious Vampyrum spectrum poses a unique challenge as little is known about it and its life deep in the rainforests of South America.

We accompany an international team of bat researchers, led by Antoniya Hubancheva. Equipped with innovative technology, the team embarks on an expedition into the heart of the South American jungle, aiming to unravel the secrets of the elusive and never-before-filmed creatures.

Using AI and specialised data tags, we follow the creatures during their hunting flights, finally securing images and insights never before captured.

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