I know, I normally do six variants plus the original, and honestly, the last one was going to be a spotted wood owl, but… IT JUST WOULDN’T LOOK RIGHT, OKAY? No matter how I drew it, it looked so baaaaad. So here’s what I got.
Found in Java, Indonesia. Allegedly first described by Dr Ernest Bartels, the Ahool is a bat of gargantuan proportions with a wingspan of 10 feet (largest known bat, the flying fox has a wingspan of 4ft). Gray fur, 15 to 20 inches tall, leathery wings, large dark eyes, and a call to match its name.
One interesting explanation for the creature is the misidentification of local owls as the creature. Specifically the two wood-owls (Spotted Wood-owl and Javan Wood-owl) native to Java which are around the same size (height wise) as the Ahool (16 to 20 inches). The wing span of the two owls is around 4 feet, they both have large dark eyes, and the Javan wood-owl appears almost greyish when viewed from the ground while it’s in flight. The sound of the Javan wood-owl is a loud Hoooh sound which could easily explain the Ahool sound the cryptid is said to make.