With their furry face, long snout, and pointed ears, these animals look enough like a dog to be called “flying foxes.” But fruit bats have a very different dietThe food an animal eats. from their meat-eating look-alikes.
Fruit bats are very social animals. A group, called a colonyA group of the same kind of animal species living together., roosts together in a “camp” tree—it’s their home base. The most dominant bats get the top branches of the tree. Females and young males hang from lower or side branches.
As the sun goes down, the bats leave the camp tree in search of fruit. When a fruit bat finds a meal, it uses its tiny, sharp teeth to bite a piece off. Then it presses the pulp against the roof of its mouth to squeeze out all the juice and spits out what is left.
As a feeding fruit bat brushes against flowers, pollenFine, powdery, yellowish grains that are the fertilizing element of flowering plants. gets caught in its fur. When the bat flies to another tree or flower, some of the pollenFine, powdery, yellowish grains that are the fertilizing element of flowering plants. falls off. This is one way that fruit bats help the trees that give them food.