Friday, February 5, 2016

AISM welcomes our most recent furry visitors: Epauletted fruit bats.

Epaulettes are a type of ornamental shoulder decoration used by armed forces as an indication of rank, and yes, the bats have them, but only the males, who use them to show off.

We have a small colony of around five Wahlberg's epauletted fruit bats (one with a baby) who have graced the fig trees in the primary playground. They are fruit eaters and may be here for the duration of the fruiting season. Thereafter that may choose to move on to another roost. It is a great privilege for us to have these friendly mammals here. Please treat them with respect. No loud noises please.