I’m a big fan of bats. Most bats are kind and gentle. You still have to be careful because they are wild animals. Bats will take care of the insect population in your neighborhood. I had some in my house for a while. A bat would fly around the house. It didn’t bother me; however, some of my housemates didn’t like them flying around. I would gently catch them and set them free. Probably to get back into the house.
The Flying Fox bat is the largest bat, with a wingspan expanding to 5 feet and weighing 2.5 pounds. The bat gets its name because it looks like a fox, another animal I love to associate with at times. The colors of the bat are brownish-black and reddish-brown with an orange cap. Seems like a fox to me.
Seeing this gigantic creature is sure to spark fear in most people.
Don’t worry, this flying bat likes to eat fruit. If you’re a fig, lamio, or papaya, you might need to worry. Coconut is another favorite of the bat as the bat’s long sticky tongue can suck out the coconut juice without damaging the fruit.
The chance of seeing one of these creatures is slim during the daytime as they are nocturnal. During the day, they live in trees and caves. It’s not uncommon to see over 100,000 living together in colonies. This helps with body heat and keeping predators away; however, it does make it easier for humans to find them.
Fun facts about the Flying fox, they will travel up to 25 miles to find food. These bats are found mainly in the Philippines and East Asia. Grooming is vital to the bats as they will scoop up water with their massive wings and bathe. These bats are cleaner than many people I know. Oh, how I love bats. #bats #flyingfoxbats