'The Expendables 2' Accused of Vandalizing Bat Colonies

Thousands of bats in a Bulgaria bat cave have reportedly gone missing since the action sequel started shooting there.
The Expendables 2 accused of vandalizing bat colonies in Bulgaria
The Expendables 2 accused of vandalizing bat colonies in Bulgaria
The Expendables 2 has been shooting in Bulgaria, and it seems some of the area's nocturnal animals have suffered since production began. Bat experts have slammed the production for filming in The Devetashka Cave near Lovech, Bulgaria, claiming the bat population has dwindled significantly. Here's what Boyan Petrov of the Museum of Natural History had to say.

"Several thousand bats are missing from the Devetashka cave since our latest count in January when the visible colonies numbered 33,800 bats."


Since production has started, the bat count is down to 8,500. The environment ministry approved the sequel's shoot in the cave, and claim they have found no problems with the bat colonies. However, bat experts such as Dobromir Dobrinov of the Green Balkans nature conservation group, believe filming should have never been allowed to take place in the cave.

"As a protected nature territory and important bat habitat, the cave is only open for visits by tourists and researchers and totally sealed during the breeding period in June and July."


Antonia Hubancheva, another bat expert, said the bats were subjected to the stresses of loud noise, bright lights, and crowds of people who kept them awake during their normal nocturnal period.

The Expendables 2 was released August 17th, 2012 and stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film is directed by Simon West.



Sources: AFP

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  1. Ghostman

    @slysnide@ROFLitschristian I think that would be pretty epic to have The Expendables come in and save Bats from Bane in some sort of a dream-team crossover movie.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  2. slysnide

    Ah jeez, first Joker, then Two-Face, soon Bane, and now this? Dang, Batman can only handle so many defeats at once. :P

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  3. ROFLitschristian

    Stallone, Bruce Wayne cannot join you guys. He has too much on his plate right now.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  4. ROFLitschristian

    @bawnian-dexeus There we go! Looking on the bright side!

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Hold the phone, maybe Ozzy will be in the film

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  6. Worth5Bucks

    Bwahahaha! I'm sorry but I just have a picture of Dolph's character from the first one drunk in a cave going crazy, throwing guano all over the place, shooting the roof.

    3 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  7. the_tall_guy

    Just wait until Batman hears about this.

    3 years agoby @the-tall-guyFlag

  8. Dylan Kimmell

    DX NOt my bats!

    3 years agoby @Dylan-KimmellFlag

  9. mb11

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    3 years agoby @mbrandon11Flag

  10. the MovieGhost

    I know! The Cast must've forgotten their lunches!

    3 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  11. CUPID

    Its cool, those bats are expendable.

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  12. ChiRep_1

    "In a new development, heavy amounts of testosterone has been proven to affect the health/lifespan in bats." ;)

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  13. TheDude1

    Chuck Norris and his friends can do whatever they want!

    3 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  14. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Someone made a booboo

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag