Fruity firing line

Infra-red footage sheds light on fruit bats as they feed in fig trees at night. Using specially adapted thumbs like claws, these giant fruit bats can easily get around the branches of their favourite fruit tree, testing the ripeness of the fruits with their mouths before they eat them. The noise and commotion in the branches is caused by individuals squabbling over the figs, totally unaffected by the filming underneath. The bats are a vital part of the rainforest ecosystem, feeding on fruits and dispersing their seeds over 30 miles away.

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