Take a close look at the flying mammal called the flying fox, or fruit bat. Watch these furry flyers as they leave their roosts to find food. Discover how and why they climb trees. See how these animals fly like birds but are not birds. Flying fox or fruit bat either way they are amazing.
Don Spencer touches a bat hanging upside-down
Hello. It's fur. Very unusual. This creature is a furry creature that can fly. Do you know what it is? It's a flying fox, sometimes called the fruit bat, because they liked to eat fruit. And they're beautiful, aren't they? Look, lovely faces. And wired wings that can fly very well. Yes! And they love to hang around.
Flying foxes flying
Here they are flying. They look like birds, don't they? They fly as well as the birds do. Each evening at sunset in the coastal regions of Australia, the flying foxes fly off in search of food. You might see them as the moon comes out flying overhead. Hundreds of them. Thousands, and sometimes tens of thousands.
A flying fox climbs up a tree
Here's one climbing a fruit tree - it's a pawpaw tree. And you look how it climbs. At the end of it wings it has fingers that have developed like hooks. Very effective, isn't it? And they like to hang upside-down. See, that's why they're called flying foxes - the face looks just like a fox.
Flying fox eats a fruit
They love to eat the fruit and the nectar. And then, when daylight comes, it's time to rest up till the next evening. Here's one just getting ready for a daytime nap. Just settling himself down. A bit of a look around, flap the wings, and spend the day just hanging around.