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Rare Megabat *pics*. *eta*

Posted by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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The giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus), also known as the golden-capped fruit bat, is a rare megabat and one of the largest bats in the world.The species is endangered and is currently facing the possibility of extinction because of poaching and forest destruction. It is endemic to forests in the Philippines. 

The giant golden-crowned flying fox is primarily nocturnal, and can travel at least 40 km (25 mi) in one night searching for food. This bat is a pollinator and seed disperser for many fruit trees in the Philippines. It uses water for grooming.

They eat primarily figs, though will take other fruit if figs are unavailable. They have been reported to eat cultivated fruit, but this is relatively rare. Other fruits that may be eaten include: puhutan, lamio, tangisang, bayawak, bankal and strangler figs. Known as “The Silent Planter”,they release seeds in their droppings, often while flying. This helps maintain the Philippine rainforest.


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The giant golden-crowned flying fox gets its species name from the golden fur around the head, in sharp contrast to the black body. Like all other fruit bats, they have no tail. They are among the largest bats, with a wingspan of 1.5–1.7 m (4 ft 10 in–5 ft 7 in) and weighing 0.7–1.2 kg (1.5–2.6 lb).[3] The only other bats with comparable measurements are a few species of Pteropus.[3]
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epoh
by Emerald Member on May. 8, 2012 at 10:16 PM

"The image of this animal makes me want to cry.
Long howling cries."
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Bknotnobody
by Sadie on May. 8, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Cool!
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P.V.Hawkwind
by Ruby Member on May. 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Awesome!!
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momma-flynn
by ♥Gee Willickers♥ on May. 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM
2 moms liked this
The image of this animal almost made me shit my pants
Quoting epoh:

"The image of this animal makes me want to cry.

Long howling cries."
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mich.el.le
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

 I will not sleep tonight.

Rats, mice, snakes, bugs, etc. dont bother me but bats freak me the hell out. :/

LoriLou75
by Lori on May. 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Is that real!?!?!?
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MamaJess9
by Bronze Member on May. 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Not sure about the first one, but the second is photoshopped.
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thehickinhickor
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:19 PM

WOW!

mamabirch88
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I'm gonna have nightmares about this thing. Omg. *shudder*
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MammaPaparazza
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I love bats, they are so cute.
I can honestly tell you when I saw, that first pix I thought it was a kid dressed up
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