photo by NCCA Official

The word ‘kagwang’ is a common word used among Kagayanons to express anger or displeasure against someone and spoken either in jest or in cuss. But in reality, kagwáng is really the local name of one of two species of flying lemur.

The Philippine Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus volans) is endemic to the Philippines particularly in Bohol and Mindanao. It does not fly though but actually glides through the forest with its web-like membrane called patagium which connects its limbs.

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It feeds on young leaves and occasionally soft fruits, flowers, plant shoots, and insects. The Philippine flying lemur is a primary diet of Philippine eagle.

Because it is nocturnal and due to its patagium, it is sometimes mistaken as a bat and more often labeled as a supernatural creature.

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