Bat squeaks while being petted

I’m out and about, so enjoy this photo of a young flying fox, rescued in a sanctuary, from Hi! Homer. The notes:

Meet Jeddah, a Grey-Headed Flying Fox currently being hand-raised by the Homer’s Heroes at Sydney Wildlife.  Jeddah was rescued with injuries so severe he couldn’t survive on his own.  But, as this video clearly shows (just look at those blissful eyes!), Jeddah is flourishing under the care of his loving human foster mom.  While Jeddah’s injuries will prevent his being re-released into the wild, these days he serves as an education animal at Sydney Wildlife–which suits him just fine.  As his foster mom (a licensed and vaccinated bat carer) writes, “[Jeddah] actively solicits attention and cuddles.  If I put him down, he comes over and demands more.”  And who could blame him?

The species, Pteropus poliocephalus, is native to Australia (it’s the largest bat on the continent), and is called a “megabat”. Do remember that this is a “bat”, for it, like other bats, is in the order Chiroptera, but flying foxes (also known as “fruit bats”) are in the family Pteropodidae, while all other bats fall into about a dozen other families.  But all bats, including these, are thought to be monophyletic: that is, they all evolved from a common ancestor.

But I digress. Enjoy the cuteness.

Here’s its distribution:


  1. enl
    Posted July 30, 2019 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    That is awesome. I don’t know what else to say…

    • rickflick
      Posted July 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

      Say nothing…a bit of a squeak would do.

      • RGT
        Posted July 30, 2019 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

        Jeddah should be nominated for honorary cat status, he’s adorable!

        • Desnes Diev
          Posted July 30, 2019 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

          That’s why some megachiroptera are also called flying foxes 😉

  2. Michael Fisher
    Posted July 30, 2019 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I was wondering if those are the bits we can hear of echolocation, but this species doesn’t [Wiki says]. I reckon he needs batty friends, they’re gregarious creatures.

  3. 355101pkl
    Posted July 30, 2019 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    This little guy has been through such a lot and he has now found a bit of happiness

  4. Charles Sawicki
    Posted July 30, 2019 at 1:16 pm | Permalink


  5. Glenda Palmer
    Posted July 30, 2019 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    This bat video is heart-warming.

    I just love the many animal photos with comments and videos shown on WEIT that I would never see otherwise.

  6. JezGrove
    Posted July 30, 2019 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Very sweet – best wishes to him.

  7. rickflick
    Posted July 30, 2019 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    I had never heard of this megabat. “Adults may have a wingspan reaching one metre in length and be up to one kilogram in weight.” – Wow!

  8. Jenny Haniver
    Posted July 30, 2019 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    That is precious. What a sweetie. Love his nostrils.

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted July 30, 2019 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

      That nose is a real schnozzola, as Jimmy Durante would say.

  9. darrelle
    Posted July 30, 2019 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Jeddah looks to be capable of competing with cats for comfort sponge capacity.

  10. Diana MacPherson
    Posted July 30, 2019 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I loved seeing these cute things when I stayed in Cairns. They’d hang from the trees in the day, then fly around at night.

  11. BJ
    Posted July 30, 2019 at 5:14 pm | Permalink


    I have a weird relationship with bats. They’re so cute…until their wings come out and I think, “I thought you were an adorable little puppy but you’re a freaking vampire.” But how could I not love this little guy?

  12. grasshopper
    Posted July 30, 2019 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Petting a bat in Australia would be like petting a rabid dog in the USA.

    Two good reasons never to pet a bat in Australia
    1. Lyssa virus

    2. Hendra virus

    Both viruses can cause death in humans.
    I was advised by a wildlife-rescue service never even to handle micro-bat after ‘rescuing’ a micro-bat that was merely in a state of extreme torpor induced by low temperature in mid-winter.

    Hendra virus deaths

    The death of a child from lyssa virus.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted July 30, 2019 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      Also a reason to avoid horses, going by that link. 😉


  13. Hempenstein
    Posted July 31, 2019 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    One night a couple yrs ago a conventional bat got into Schwixon – I think they roost under the porch. Conveniently, my predecessor* was a butterfly collector and had left behind several butterfly nets, so it wasn’t hard to capture it. When I took it out on the porch and unfolded the net, it let out a little squee just before flying off.

    *Uncannily, his real name was Bruce Wayne Dixon.

    • rickflick
      Posted July 31, 2019 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      Bruce Wayne Dixon. 😎

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