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Published on Jul 19, 2016
This song, which is written and sung by my brother, David Bulmer, is about Bulmer's Fruit Bat, Aproteles bulmerae. This giant New Guinea fruit bat is named after the archaeologist Susan Bulmer, who is our mother. Here's a link to my article about how this happened: http://www.alicebulmer.com/the-family... The song is written and sung by David Bulmer, with some backing from Matthew Bannister and Alice Bulmer. Here are the lyrics of the song:
Ballad of the Bulmer’s Fruit Bat by David Bulmer
My name is Aproteles And I’m the Bulmer Bat I’m going to sing a song for you So you can learn some facts Not many people know of me This song could soon change that My name is Aproteles And I’m the Bulmer Bat
Sue Bulmer, who discovered me Thought that I was dead She dug my bones up from the ground And sent them to her friend Jim Menzies took one look at me And said “This bat is new… “I’ll name this bat Aproteles, Because it’s lost a tooth.”
(Chorus) Aproteles bulmerae Is the name he gave to me To honour Mrs Bulmer For her discovery
I’m a giant bat with wings that span As far as your arms reach I do eat fruit and as you’ve heard I’ve got gappy teeth The Highlands of New Guinea Is my natural habitat My name is Aproteles And I’m the Bulmer Bat
(Chorus) My name is Aproteles Please remember that My name is Aproteles And I’m the Bulmer Bat
So for another year or two They thought I was extinct Because they’d only found my bones In an archaeological dig From twelve thousand years ago It seemed a long time past Was I just a sad example Of a bat that couldn’t last
Well then some of my family Were found to have survived Living in a hidden cave Where humans couldn’t climb And so there was rejoicing And partying I think Because the Bulmer’s Bat was found Not to be extinct
But hey I think the partying Got a bit too hot for me Some hunters rediscovered That I was a tasty treat And so I am now critically Endangered one more time And I may well be extinct again Before I end this rhyme
(Chorus) You won’t find me at Hallowe’en I’m way too cool for that My name is Aproteles And I’m the Bulmer Bat