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    Posted May 9, 2014 by
    thiruvananthapuram, India
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    Fruit Bats

    Fruit bats may not fall into the category of cute, cuddly creatures but they are critical in pollinating over 300 species of fruit trees and plants including mango, guava and banana.

    On a road trip through the Indian state of Kerala, I took a stop to stretch my legs and use the facilities. As I got out of the car, I heard a loud cacophony of chirping sounds. I gazed up towards the tree tops and saw what looked like dozens of black plastic bags dangling from the tree limbs. Every now and again, one of the "bags" would move. I knew immediately that they were bats. I had never seen bats in the wild before so I was definitely curious to take a closer look.

    Unfortunately, they were perched too high up for me to really see them well; I had to view them through my camera lens. When I zoomed in, I saw what looked like a bunch of furry mammals wrapped up inside vinyl capes. After having seen the fruit bats, I have to say, I thought they were cute....though still not cuddly.
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