Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sweet flying killers?

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) in Ethiopia
Ethiopian Epauletted Fruit Bat (Epomophorus labiatus)?

Epauletted Fruit Bat in Ethiopia
Mother with child. 

Epauletted Fruit Bat in Ethiopia female with a young bat

Epauletted Fruit Bat haning in a tree
Epauletted Fruit Bat hanging in a tree.

Epauletted Fruit Bat

11 comments:

  1. Wonderful pictures and creatures I'd love to see for myself!
    your blog is fantastic, so many beauties you are showing!
    you are certainly well traveled...
    Congratulations!

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  2. These are fantastic shots of these critters and wonderful that you were able to see and shots them.

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  3. Oh wow, a great sighting of the mother and its young. These are just amazing photos of the bats!
    Thank you for sharing your post with my critter party.. Have a happy weekend!

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  4. Such wonderful creatures ! And great shots !

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  5. Fantastic photos! I love the one showing the baby cradled in her wings. Great shots!!!!

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  6. Wow, awesome photos! They're so adorable!

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  7. Fabulous close-ups of these amazing critters.

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  8. they look nice. Not often you a bat like that. :)

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  9. Beautiful animals. A flying fox!

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  10. An awesome close up look at these lovely creatures. Love the shots of the mother cradling the baby in her wings.

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