Caught not quite in the act: church cameras reveal bat sex ritual

Experts say video provides first evidence of a mammal mating without penetration

It was the surveillance cameras trained on the dark corners of St Matthias church in the village of Castenray in the Netherlands that caught the creatures in the act.

The video footage is in black and white, the animals are entwined and upside down, and the events that unfold against a metal grill are more frantic than romantic.

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