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No One Has Ever Enjoyed Eating A Banana As Much As This Rescued Bat

<p> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL0-9qHLzdsfE--R7RBOj7g">Mike Fry</a>/<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSUVXAsQe4I">YouTube</a><span></span> </p>

Even if you aren't much of a banana person, the enthusiasm with which this furry little fellow chows down just might convert you:

This fruit bat, or flying fox, was rescued by Australian bat conservation and advocacy group Batzilla the Bat - an appropriate name for critters with monster-sized appetites for bananas. Flying foxes are crucial pollinators, dispersing pollen and seeds in their habitats as they flitter about on 3-foot-long wingspans.

Life isn't always so peachy for these fruit-loving bats, however. Nets with oversize holes draped over fruit trees can trap bats, which is what happened to the bat eating a banana. Bat conservationists say that one way to avoid injuring flying foxes is to tie the nets to the bottom of the fruit trees instead.

"They're Australia's most important native animal and all four species are in rapid decline," Bat Conservation and Rescue Queensland vice president Denise Wade told ABC. Because flying foxes are so crucial to spreading Australia's tree seeds, she said, without bats, trees - and the koalas who love to eat eucalyptus leaves - would go the way of the dodo.