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A ray of light in the otherwise dark Gomantong cave

TRAVEL

PORSCHIST

GOMANTONG: PERFECT DECOR FOR A HORROR MOVIE

The Gomantong caves are the largest limestone caves in Sabah. In this cave of Pluto, millions of

bats hang like closed black umbrellas on the walls. They share their home with as many swal-

lows. While swallows have the reputation of cute songbirds that bring prosperity and happiness,

bats have an image problem to deal with. Unfairly, they are associated with vampires and other

devilish scum, even though they are really gentle animals. In the cave, we are certainly not trou-

bled by them. The actual danger lies below us. The mountains of guano on the ground spread an

ammonia smell that is barely tolerable. Numerous insects, cockroaches and snakes live in this

mess. The deeper we walk into the cave, the worse the air becomes. At the back of the cave there

is an opening in the roof through which a bundle of golden sunlight streams inwards and throws

an enchanting light on the multi-coloured cave walls and the countless moss species that grow

on them. The fresh green creates an uplifting aspect in an otherwise obscure and oppressive

environment. Here, Steven Spielberg could have shot a perfect scene for one of his Indiana Jones

films. In the twilight hours it is showtime: the daily mass exodus of the bats and the return of

the swallows for the night.

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