Who are the foxes and what do they eat? Photo of an animal

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Who are the volatile foxes? Where do they live, what do they eat, to which family do they belong? In this article we will answer the questions posed. The animal world is very interesting to people, they are constantly watching him.


The flying foxes are huge bats,related to the family of Krylans. These animals like to consume flowers and fruits, more precisely, their juice and flesh. Flying foxes grow to forty centimeters - for mice this is very large. The swing of one wing reaches one and a half meters. The appearance of the Javanese calonga (also called flying foxes) is quite frightening. They have a small pointed muzzle, the tail and ears of the animal are small.

flying foxes
In nature there are more than fifty-five speciesKalongs. Flying foxes, or rather their muzzle, are very similar to a fox or a dog. These animals live in Oceania and Madagascar, in South and East Asia, Australia and New Guinea. In Latin, the name of flying foxes also sounds a little frightening - pteropus. But in fact, these are cute creatures that do not feed on meat.

Similarity with other animals

Kalong (or a large flying fox) is the largest among all other species of winged fishes. The color of the body is black, the head and neck are red. On the body grows a rare slippery fur.

Kalong and red cheat are very similar not onlyfaces. These animals are well developed hearing. It is he who helps them find the food they need. Also flying foxes have a little similarity with bats: leather wings and an active way of life at night.

flying fox mouse
Kalongs do not eat meat, but only fruit juice andflesh. This is their main difference from bats. This seemingly intimidating animal is a vegetarian. Also, flying foxes do not have echolocation devices. The ancestors of the Kalongs had something similar, they made sounds so that you could easily navigate at night.

Flying foxes live in large flocks in one andthe same place. If no one bothers the animals, then they will stay there for many years. Usually, Kalongs like to live in dense forests, but still they can be found in the mountains, at an altitude of thousands of meters above sea level.

Agility of the animal

Gigantic flying fox in the daytimeusually resting. She clings to the branches of trees and sleeps or just is not moving. Also, the calonga can be arranged in a hollow or cave, grabbing uneven walls. His body he wraps his large wings, as if covered by a blanket. Sometimes flying foxes get very hot (in the summer season). But smart animals fan their huge wings, creating a breeze.

During the night "hunting" the flying foxes alsoshow all their agility and quickness. Directly on the fly the animal tries to disrupt the fruit seen from afar. But usually the wings simply cling to a branch of a tree with one paw, and the second is torn off by a fruit. First, the foxes put it in his mouth, then crush, suck the juice and eat out some of the pulp. All that remains of the fetal calonga will spit down to the ground.

Krylans can be called both assistants andpests of nature. The positive is that the flying foxes spread the seeds. But the negative can be called damage to fruit trees, and even whole plantations.

gigantic flying fox

Benefits of flying foxes

Kalonga breeds in early spring (March-April). The female has a baby for about seven months. When a flying fox gives birth to a small wingman, he immediately takes it with him for the first time. Only when the baby becomes independent (somewhere in two or three months), my mother leaves him on a branch, and she flies away for food.

Since recently, a giant flying foxis listed in the IUCN Red List. At the moment, the wing is not an endangered species, but stable. "Flying Fox", "Fruit Mouse", "flying Zorro" - these are all the names of these animals-vegetarians.

Wings from nature are very interesting teeth, theyspecially sharpened for eating fruits and leaves. Local peasants really appreciate the volatile foxes, they help people. Mice pollinate wild and cultivated plants, and people live by selling fruits, because they happily meet these funny animals in their gardens.

big flying fox

Exotic beast in Russia

Recently, the Russian population hasan opportunity to look at the huge wing at the exhibition of the Nizhny Novgorod Exotarium. A lot of people want to look at the unusual exotic animal. After all, this exhibition is the only one where you can get acquainted with a flying fox.

In the exotarium for calonga they try to createthe most comfortable conditions for a stay. A spacious room for the first time should be of such size that the animal could not fly. So workers exotarium easier to accustom the flying fox to people, and just take care of it. While at the Nizhny Novgorod exhibition you can see only a female named Tanakh, but soon she will not be alone.

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