Seldom-seen, the grey and purple great bat was found in remoter parts of Mirkwood. Little was known of its habits. It ate night-flying birds (e.g., owls), large spiders, and various rodents, although larger individuals had been known to fell a small bear. The great bat sucked blood (always a tempting notion to those who disliked bats, even the small insectivorous kind) from its victims, and fed on the softer flesh of its prey.
- Retrieved from [Realms of Arda]; original reference: [ICE MERP 2012]