Search for the Rodrigues fruit bat Exclusive: From the 1989 radio series

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The answer is blowing in the wind

This episode tracks Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine's search for the Rodrigues fruit bat. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 25 October 1989, this is how the programme was billed at the time:

The Rodrigues fruit bat is a noisy, randy, sociable creature, whose numbers are declining due mainly to the fact that it spends most of its time hanging around in the trees in the middle of a cyclone belt. At regular intervals it is blown into oblivion somewhere over the Indian Ocean. Not to be outdone, one of our heroes (the 6'5" extremely ignorant non-zoologist) nearly joins the deceased bats when, leaping from a boat onto a rock, he promptly sinks into a shark-infested sea.

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