Sunday, June 29, 2008

Flying Foxes

One of the coolest experiences in the Philippines happened in Subic Bay. I was running along a road through the rain forest. I saw something the size of a red-tailed hawk soaring, but strangely, it looked like a bat. A little further along there were thousands of them swirling around in the sky, and thousands roosting in the tree tops. It felt other-worldly. I took Joy and the rest of the relatives there later. Dispite their intimidating size, they are harmless frugivores in the suborder Megachiroptera (literally Megabats).

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