Movie Shoot Disturbs Bat Colony in Bulgaria’s Devetashka Cave
An inspection prompted by the Green Balkans NGO has led experts to believe that the preparation for the shooting of “The Expendables 2” has had a serious impact on the endangered bat population of Bulgaria’s Devetashka Cave.
The biologists from Bulgaria’s National Museum of Natural History suspect that the noise generated by the movie shoot has disturbed the bats enough that they left the semi-dark area they frequent, to venture deeper into the cave.
With the hibernating bats now at their most vulnerable, these disturbances could have fatal consequences.
One of the biggest caves in Bulgaria at 2442 meters (8012 feet) long, Devetashka Cave is home to thousands of bats including a number of endangered species, making it one of the most important natural habitats of bats in Europe.
This past Tuesday, the Regional Environmental Inspectorate fined Bulgarian-based NU Boyana Film Studios between 500 and 5000 BGN ($343 and $3,440 USD) for cutting down some shrubs and trees surrounding an entrance to the cave.