While these animals are quite remarkable to look at, they are more than just a cute face. Like all bat species, Buettikofer's epauletted bats play an integral role in keeping their ecosystems in balance.
“Fruit bats are very important because by eating fruit they spread seeds, and in doing so, contribute to the regeneration of forests,” Nesi said. “Also, fruit bats are, like insect and bird [species], very important pollinators in tropical and desert environments.”
In other words, like dogs tend to be, this bat is a very good boy, too.