Bats are crucial to diverse ecosystems across the globe, yet they are often vilified or feared. Let's take a moment to appreciate the adorable side of these little critters.
Chiroptera, Emballonuridae, Diclidurus albus, Northern Ghost Bat
Take this Gambian epauletted fruit bat, which eats figs and other fruits across southern Africa. Its face looks more like a unicorn without a horn than a rodent without its wings.
Ethiopian epauletted fruit bat (Epomophorous labiatus) carrying a fig in Kenya. Small fruit bats are the most efficient dispersers of wild figs worldwide. Seed Dispersal Photo by Merlin D. Tuttle
.A brown long-tongued bat is pollinating a Tricanthera flower in Panama.