Aldabra Flying Fox in the Seychelles
We actually ended up saving this little fellow from the soup pot (well, mostly my wife did). Tragically, the locals on the Seychelles trap and eat these marvelous animals and some fisherman next to the hotel had put up a net for exactly this purpose. On the last day of our stay, we noticed one caught in the netting and so with the help of a friendly local policeman went to the fisherman to see if we could negotiate/purchase its release. He claimed that freeing it would unnecessarily ruin his net and that we therefore had to pay for the whole net. We did and I insisted that he give the net to us (to prevent its being used again after a few quick repairs). The poor animal was still in shock and didn't go very far when it was released, but in the morning it was gone. Hopefully it went on to a long life of batty happiness.
The Aldabra flying fox is a species of megabat in the genus Pteropus. It is endemic to the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles, like Chaerephon pusilla, though the latter may be the same species as the little free-tailed bat.
The natural habitats of the Aldabra flying fox are subtropical or tropical mangrove forests and subtropical or tropical dry shrubland. The species was classified as "Vulnerable" by the IUCN due to a restricted habitat, threats from natural disasters such as tropical.. more