Bats at 37 Military Hospital

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Bats near the 37 Military Hospital in Accra

The Bats at the 37 military hospital are a colony of an estimated 1 million[1] straw-coloured fruit bats living in the 37 Military Hospital area of Accra, the capital of Ghana. A local legend surrounds this group of animals, saying that a long time ago, a chief from a village in eastern Ghana Kibi[2] was admitted to the hospital accompanied by megabats. He died but the bats never left the area and are still waiting for him to leave the hospital.[3][4]


  1. ^ Frimpong, Enoch Darfah (11 April 2017). "Bats: Ghana's best-kept wildlife - secret". Graphic Online.
  2. ^ "Bats Adapt To Hospital Premises". 25 May 2004.
  3. ^ Borelli, Lisa Marie (26 May 2013). "Ghana: The bats who never left their chief". Farm Radio Weekly.
  4. ^ "BBC NEWS | Africa | Droppings drive Accra batty". Retrieved 2017-01-23.

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