Bat squeaks while being petted

July 30, 2019 • 12:30 pm

I’m out and about, so enjoy this photo of a young flying fox, rescued in a sanctuary, from Hi! Homer. The notes:

Meet Jeddah, a Grey-Headed Flying Fox currently being hand-raised by the Homer’s Heroes at Sydney Wildlife.  Jeddah was rescued with injuries so severe he couldn’t survive on his own.  But, as this video clearly shows (just look at those blissful eyes!), Jeddah is flourishing under the care of his loving human foster mom.  While Jeddah’s injuries will prevent his being re-released into the wild, these days he serves as an education animal at Sydney Wildlife–which suits him just fine.  As his foster mom (a licensed and vaccinated bat carer) writes, “[Jeddah] actively solicits attention and cuddles.  If I put him down, he comes over and demands more.”  And who could blame him?

The species, Pteropus poliocephalus, is native to Australia (it’s the largest bat on the continent), and is called a “megabat”. Do remember that this is a “bat”, for it, like other bats, is in the order Chiroptera, but flying foxes (also known as “fruit bats”) are in the family Pteropodidae, while all other bats fall into about a dozen other families.  But all bats, including these, are thought to be monophyletic: that is, they all evolved from a common ancestor.

But I digress. Enjoy the cuteness.

Here’s its distribution:

19 thoughts on “Bat squeaks while being petted

  1. I was wondering if those are the bits we can hear of echolocation, but this species doesn’t [Wiki says]. I reckon he needs batty friends, they’re gregarious creatures.

  2. This bat video is heart-warming.

    I just love the many animal photos with comments and videos shown on WEIT that I would never see otherwise.

  3. I had never heard of this megabat. “Adults may have a wingspan reaching one metre in length and be up to one kilogram in weight.” – Wow!

  4. I loved seeing these cute things when I stayed in Cairns. They’d hang from the trees in the day, then fly around at night.

  5. Adorable!

    I have a weird relationship with bats. They’re so cute…until their wings come out and I think, “I thought you were an adorable little puppy but you’re a freaking vampire.” But how could I not love this little guy?

  6. One night a couple yrs ago a conventional bat got into Schwixon – I think they roost under the porch. Conveniently, my predecessor* was a butterfly collector and had left behind several butterfly nets, so it wasn’t hard to capture it. When I took it out on the porch and unfolded the net, it let out a little squee just before flying off.

    *Uncannily, his real name was Bruce Wayne Dixon.

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