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They are commonly known as the fruit bats or flying foxes among other colloquial names. Characteristically, all species of flying foxes only feed on nectar, blossom, pollen, and fruit, which explains their limited tropical distribution.
This one was photographed at Butterfly World in South Africa. They live in the tropics and subtropics of Asia (including the Indian subcontinent), Australia, islands off East Africa (but not mainland Africa), and a number of remote oceanic islands in both the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
This bat was victim to humanity's evil side. Stopped with a big group of reptiles and other exotic creatures at JHB airport. He is on display in Stellenbosch Western Cape, it has almost been a year and he still call Butterfly World his home.... shame... My first spot of this bat: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/129...
Lat: -33.81, Long: 18.87
Spotted on Jul 14, 2013
Submitted on Sep 12, 2013
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