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A rare little golden-mantled flying fox (Pteropus pumilus) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Lyle’s flying fox (Pteropus lylei) at the Budapest Zoo.

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Lyle’s flying fox (Pteropus lylei) at the Budapest Zoo.

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Lyle’s flying fox (Pteropus lylei) at the Budapest Zoo.

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A flying fox fish(Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A flying fox fish (Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A flying fox fish (Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A flying fox fish (Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus) at Conservation Fisheries in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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A little golden-mantled flying fox (Pteropus pumilus) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, in Omaha, Nebraska.

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A little golden-mantled flying fox (Pteropus pumilus) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, in Omaha, Nebraska.

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An Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, in Omaha, Nebraska.

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An Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, in Omaha, Nebraska.

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The fingers from a black flying fox (Pteropus alecto) during surgery.

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Black flying foxes (Pteropus alecto) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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Black flying foxes (Pteropus alecto) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A vulnerable grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A vulnerable grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A vulnerable grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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An injured black flying fox delicately “tastes” Joel’s thumb at the Australia Bat Clinic in Advancetown, Queensland. Huge bats such as these are smart, social and play extremely critical roles in the environment, both as pollinators of crops and as seed dispersers.

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A little golden-mantled flying fox (Pteropus pumilus) at the Omaha Zoo.

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A little golden-mantled flying fox (Pteropus pumilus) at the Omaha Zoo.

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An Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus) at the Omaha Zoo.

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An Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus) at the Omaha Zoo.

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The owner of the Australian Bat Clinic, with flying foxes that she is helping to rehabilitate. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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Little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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Little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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Little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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Little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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The owner of the Australian Bat Clinic, with flying foxes that she is helping to rehabilitate. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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The owner of the Australian Bat Clinic, with flying foxes that she is helping to rehabilitate. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A black flying fox (Pteropus alecto) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A black flying fox (Pteropus alecto) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A black flying fox (Pteropus alecto) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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A black flying fox (Pteropus alecto) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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