Jan 15, 2006

Fruit Basket

You can always count on bats for some good, ugly images. Here is a colony of fruit bats. That's right, those gaping, tooth-filled jaws are NOT designed to rend human flesh. These little mammals prefer to dine on nectar and fruit.

There are a number of plants that depend on these critters for pollination or seed dispersal, including the banana, peach, avacado, fig, and cashew. Why these plants would choose to depend on such ugly animals is beyond me, but at least these guys serve a purpose.

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1 comment:

Jaime said...

See now *that* is cool. 4 legs or less, that's my motto.