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Three by three

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Recently three little flying fox pups were fortunate to be found among the leaf litter in their back yards by caring people who called WIRES.

Black flying-fox image thanks Lib Ruytenberg Hannah was found in Wilson’s Creek and is named after her rescuer. She is a black flying-fox

Black flying-fox image thanks Lib Ruytenberg Riley was found at Riley’s Hill and was premature, weighing only 50 grams.

After two weeks in care he now weighs 75 grams and is doing well. Riley is also a black flying-fox.

Grey-headed flying-fox image thanks Lib Ruytenberg Ruben was found by Ruby of Richmond River High School. Ruben is the first grey-headed flying-fox pup WIRES Northern Rivers has had in this season.

This species is listed as vulnerable to extinction on the Endangered Species list, so we are particularly pleased that Ruben is doing well.

Flying-foxes keep native forests healthy. They play an important role in dispersing seeds and pollinating flowering plants.

Flying-foxes are very effective forest pollinators. Pollen sticks to their furry bodies as they make their way from tree to tree and flower to flower.

Because flying-foxes are very mobile and travel large distances , seeds can be moved both locally and further afield. Seeds that germinate away from the parent plant have been found to have a greater chance of surviving to maturity, enhancing the health of our forests.

Story thanks to WIRES Northern Rivers


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