Thai Days: Fruit bats

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Hugh Paxton’s Blog likes a good news story. Here it comes. Our baby fruit bat, Tod, didn’t make it despite our best efforts and that was sad but yesterday evening I saw fruit bats flapping over the tamarind trees. Big healthy fruit bats. So despite Tod’s absence our dusk skies here are still full of life and interest. And in Tod’s brief life he inadvertently acted as an ambassador for bats in general. At first people (both Thai and ex-pats) regarded him with horror but after getting to know him they forgot their fear, first felt pity and then affection. I wasn’t the only person watching the bats fly over the tamarinds yesterday and wishing them well.

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