Malayan Flying Fox (closeup)
Malayan Flying Fox
Also known as the Common Flying Fox (this one is named Kamilah)
* In reality a bat, the Malayan flying fox has a wingspan up to 79 inches in length and weighs 53 ounces.
* The Malayan flying fox is the largest bat in the world.
* It is called the "flying fox" because its face resembles that of a fox.
* As it does not hunt moving prey, the flying fox doesn't rely on echolocation to find its way around.
* Some cultures believe the species' meat contains curative properties for asthma.
* A group of 40 bats can disperse 150,000,000 seeds around the entire rain forest in one year.
* The flying fox opens and stretches its mouth in a yawn before going to sleep.
* Large numbers of flying foxes are called "camps."
* The Malayan flying fox cannot generate vitamin C (a limitation shared by humans and guinea pigs), thus it must get its supply from the fruit in its diet.
* An awkward landing in a camp's tree during feeding often result in fights among flying foxes and may cause an entire bat-laden tree to become highly agitated, full of fighting and screaming.