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Juvenile Mariana Fruit Bat | by USFWS Pacific
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Juvenile Mariana Fruit Bat

Bats are important pollinators for the forests on Pacific Islands. Some islands are pretty small, but that just makes it more important to keep the forests and watersheds healthy. Bats, like the Mariana Fruit Bat do their part by fertilizing the berries and fruit that is a staple of their diet. They fly around in the evening, finding the ripe forest fruits [mostly ones that humans don't eat], hold them with sharp teeth and suck out the nutritious pulp and liquids, while flying. Too cool. Photo Credit: Anne Brooke USFWS


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Taken on May 8, 2008