Y is for Yap Flying Fox
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Yap flying foxes are red-furred bats with pointed faces and large, bright, intelligent eyes.
They live on 4 small adjoining islands of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia. They inhabit mangroves, forests and agroforests. Agroforests are managed forests planted with trees, shrubs and crops, so that some wildlife can still survive in it.
Flying foxes squeeze the juice from ripe fruits in the roof of their mouths and spit out the pulp. After a night foraging for fruit, they have to clean their fur of the stickiness!
These bats used to be eaten as a delicacy and their numbers were at one time as low as 1,000, but they are doing a little better now hunting has stopped.
However, they are still listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as they live all in one place, and any natural disaster such as a typhoon, or a large loss of habitat could affect them very badly.
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