Megabats are in discussion to be a reservoir for dangerous diseases like the Ebola virus (Leroy et al. 2005) and a possible source of the recent epidemic in West Africa. But they are also magnificent animals, in East Africa, rarely to observe and threatened by habitat loss. These are some Epauletted Fruit Bats in northern Ethiopia. I saw them only few times and in few numbers. First I saw only the adults and recognized during the photos that both are mothers with young bats.
The species is maybe the Ethiopian Epauletted Fruit Bat (Epomophorus labiatus), after distribution charts, the only of the three species in Ethiopia (East African Epauletted Fruit Bat, E. minimus, Ethiopian Epauletted Fruit Bat, E. labiatus and Gambian Epauletted Fruit Bat, E. gambianus.) that can be found in the North of the country.
Ethiopian Epauletted Fruit Bat (Epomophorus labiatus)?