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Postby Batty den on Wed Nov 20, 2002 4:46 am

A friend of mine is raising this pair of pups. They are orphaned grey-headed flying foxes named Lady and The Tramp. I met them today when she popped in for a coffee on her way back to the coast.

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I really wish I lived on the coast where these fellows come from. When fully grown they will weigh almost 1kg and has a wingspan of 1.5 metres.

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Postby Nebulous Rikulau on Wed Nov 20, 2002 5:15 am

batty den wrote:Say "aawww"


Aaaawwww! :)

My lack of artistic ability prevents me from making the next "Puppy Picture"

Cardboard box hanging from the ceiling, with bat (or bats) peeking out. "Free to good home". :D
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Postby Kellogg on Wed Nov 20, 2002 5:36 am

Cute lil guys! :D

Is it true that fruit bats don't echolocate? :-?

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Postby HugoFuchs on Wed Nov 20, 2002 6:02 am

Awwww, there so cute. :)
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Postby Quill on Wed Nov 20, 2002 7:37 am

Unutterably adorable. What are they playing with, bat pacifiers?
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Postby Kellogg on Wed Nov 20, 2002 8:41 am

Quick Robin!
Hand me the Bat-Pacifier! 8)

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Postby ZOMBIE USER 10915 on Wed Nov 20, 2002 2:36 pm

Now that is cute!

I don't understand people that don't like bats.

When I was in college I lived in my dad's cabin (very rustic, no utilities or even a door on the outhouse). The upstairs widows were tied at the top with an old bootstrap so they could be tipped out for ventilation, no hinges and the screen was friction fit inside the frame.

One morning I woke up to a bat stuck between the window and screen. The bat must have flew in there and couldn't open it's wings enough to fly out and it was too steep to crawl up.

I wasn't sure what to do.

I didn't want him to get inside so I opened the window as much as I could but he was exhausted and just sat there.

He didn't seem sick so I talked to him for awhile until he calmed down. While still talking I slowly reached in and closed his wings then gently held them shut while picking him up so I could open the window.

After opening the window, leaned out and released him outside hoping the whole time I wouldn't drop the window and he wouldn't fly back in.

Remember kiddies don't try this at home. :wink:
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Re: Utterly off topic

Postby Batty den on Wed Nov 20, 2002 2:38 pm

Nebulous Rikulau wrote:
Aaaawwww! :)

My lack of artistic ability prevents me from making the next "Puppy Picture"

Cardboard box hanging from the ceiling, with bat (or bats) peeking out. "Free to good home". :D


Here, overdose on the Cuteness of Honduran fruitbats: http://www.batcon.org/batsmag/v12n1-10.html

Kellogg wrote:
Is it true that fruit bats don't echolocate?


Yes! They navigate by sight and smell, and remember the way to good food. The flying foxes in Sydney are known to use the lights of freeways as navigation aids.

Quill wrote:
Unutterably adorable. What are they playing with, bat pacifiers?


That's exactly what they're playing with! In the wild they hang onto mum's nipple all the time. When they're orhpaned they're given little dummies to suck on. It makes them feel secure desipte the fact they are in a totally alien environment. The teat is poked through the lid of an eye-dropper and folded over. It's the bat equivalent of a blue blankey.


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Postby Batty den on Wed Nov 20, 2002 2:58 pm

Sheepdog wrote:Now that is cute!

I don't understand people that don't like bats.


I always hit them with batfacts: fruitbats and flying foxes are THE major pollinators of tropical rainfoest trees. (Forget insects and birds.); Each insectivore eats its own weight in bugs every night; More people die from dog attacks each year than have ever been killed by rabies from bats.



Remember kiddies don't try this at home. :wink:


I used to get them in the house when I lived on the farm. I'd open the doors and windows and turn all the lights on. I figured if it was uncomfortable they'd leave.

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