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Flying Foxes Are Real And They Are Terrifying

Australia's MEGABATS are "as big as a toddler" (And equally harmless).

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The grey-headed flying fox is endemic to south-east Australia from Bundaberg in Queensland to Geelong in Victoria, mostly in forested areas, but also in the middle of the nation's biggest city.

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The species shares the continent with three other members of the genus Pteropus: the spectacled flying fox, the black flying fox and the little red flying fox pictured here.

The grey-headed flying fox is classed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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Early in the 20th century, the species was considered abundant, with numbers estimated in the many millions. Current estimates for the species are about 300,000, and the national population may have declined by over 30% between 1989 and 1999 alone with loss of habitat and mass die-offs caused by extreme temperature events.

Find out more about these fascinating creatures.

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An earlier version of this post did not properly cite sources for the claims that the grey-headed flying fox is Australia’s biggest bat and that lyssavirus has killed two people.

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