We offered this Great fruit eating bat some banana, but he wasn't very impressed
Jamaican fruit bat
Great fruit eating bat
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Thomas' fruit eating bat
JAmaican fruit bat
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This woolly false vampire bat wasn't very keen on being captured initially ( NB He is not a vampire)
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The same bat once it had settled down
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If you wondered why everyone handling the woolly false vampire bat with big very strong gloves, here is why. This is carnivourous bat that will feed on other bats and could take a sizeable chunk out of humans.
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If we thought this bat was a handful, he saved his best trick tiil last. No way was he going to put both legs inside the bat bag. It took several attempts to get him to co-operate. It was worse then persuading a cat into a cat traveling basket before a visit to the vet
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woolly false vampire
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All lined up in one photo. in alphabetic order left to right Carollia castanea ( Chestnut Short-tailed Bat,), Seba's Short-tailed Bat, Carollia perspicillata ( Seba's Short-tailed Bat) & Carollia sowelli (Sowell's Short-tailed Bat)
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Al llined up in one photo. in alphabetic order left to right Carollia castanea ( Chestnut Short-tailed Bat,), Seba's Short-tailed Bat, Carollia perspicillata ( Seba's Short-tailed Bat) & Carollia sowelli (Sowell's Short-tailed Bat). Getting them to stay still for this was a real challenge.
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This vampire had just eaten when she was caught. Her distended bely "squidged" when touched
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The vampire bat has very sharp teeth for scratching the skin of their prey.
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Vampire bat. The long forearms are adaptations for crawling across the ground towards prey.
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Honduran white bat. This tiny bat was like a tiny cotton wool ball. A very delicate bat it was quickly released , but we had time for a quick photo