Posted on 22nd December 2010 by Media Relations
Taronga’s surrogate bat mum, Tegan, has discovered her
orphaned Grey-headed Flying Fox, Duruga, has a favourite fruit.
The Flying Fox, whose Aboriginal name means Falling Star,
goes mad for mango.
Tegan found out as she started to wean Duruga by introducing
fruit to the Flying Fox’s diet.
“She’s not that keen on apple or even banana, but this bat
just loves mango,” she said.
During an afternoon feeding session, Duruga clambered down
Tegan’s arm to reach a mango cheek she was holding, burying its furry face in
the bright yellow flesh of the fruit.
Duruga tore big pieces of mango free and soon had specks of
When Duruga is weaned in a couple of weeks, flight training
will begin in earnest so the little Flying Fox can graduate to a Bat Finishing
School before being returned to the wild in February.
Duruga eating some mango Duruga was found, orphaned in Camperdown, a few weeks ago
and after a thorough veterinary check at the Taronga Wildlife Hospital, became
one of the many native animals hand-raised by Zoo keepers.
Tegan said one of the great dangers for Flying Foxes in
urban areas is the loose netting used by householders to protect fruit trees.
She said: “It’s OK if the netting is stretched tightly over
a frame. The bats just bounce off but if it’s loose, they become entangled and
may die.”- Zoo Communications