An unexpected guest

flying fox

We often hear flying foxes around the house but rarely see them at such close range as this!

A Black Flying Fox, Pteropus alecto, had somehow become tangled in a pot-plant stand when he (or she) tipped it over in the garden bed last night. We approached with some caution when we discovered it this morning, not wanting to frighten it any more than necessary; not wanting to be scratched and risk Lyssavirus, either, to be honest.

Fortunately for all concerned, lifting the pot revealed that it was unharmed and had only had a wing-tip trapped underneath.

It clambered very quickly up the nearest tree, hung there for a moment’s orientation, and flew off behind the next-but-one-neighbour’s mango tree.

trapped flying fox
Not as bad as it looked

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