It's not every day I get a call at the office asking me to find out the dimensions of a bat, particularly not one called Jonathan! Well today, the visual effects team got in touch with just that request, so I had a chat with The Tree's animal wrangler, Tania, who said she would gladly make the necessary measurements.
Jonathan is a Black Flying-fox, generally found throughout coastal areas of tropical and subtropical northern Australia. He has a wing span of approximately one metre and is about 35 cm tall. Jonathan, in this case wasn't being fitted up for a "hero" costume of any sort. The visual affects team need to make sure that any work they do matches exactly with what has been filmed, and although Jonathan plays a very small part in the film, it is important to get the details just right!