Mom and Baby Indian Flying Fox Bats at Animal Kingdom-Orlando

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Mom and Baby Indian Flying Fox Bats at Animal Kingdom-Orlando

The Indian Flying Fox Bat has a wing span of up to 4 feet. Despite Mom and Baby Indian Flying Fox Bats at Animal Kingdomtheir large size, they only eat fruit. The largest of all bats, it is called the Flying Fox because the  head is shaped like a fox’s head, and it has reddish-brown fur. Found in Asia & Australia, they live in tropical swamps and forest.

We watched this Mom and baby chatting to each other at the Bat exhibit in Animal Kingdom. The males can weigh up to 4 lbs; the females 2 lbs.

They are interesting creatures and may fly as far as 30 miles away looking for food, and they usually live near a body of water or close to the coast.  Flying Foxes live in camps of several hundred to thousands. Their gestation period is 5 months and only one baby bat is born at that time. Photo courtesy of

One of the articles I read says they have a musky odor....boy, they got that right!



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Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

When we lived in Orlando, the Animal Kingdom had just opened. This may be my favorite theme park in Orlando (also love Busch Gardens for the same reason --- the animals).

How interesting that you should blog about these huge bats. We have them in the Philippines

They also call them "flying foxes"

Dec 28, 2011 10:05 AM #1
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I think all bats are interesting creatures, although I don't want to see them up close and personal.  I love to see them flying around in my yard near dusk in the summer... knowing they are eating insects.  Once I saw a mommy bat with lots of babies clinging to her wing.  They do give me the shivers if they get too close.  I had no idea they could have wing span that large.  WOW.  Musty LOL  yeah . 

Dec 28, 2011 10:07 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a wonderful creature, it is no wonder they live by the coast, with all the fruits that are grown there.  There are smart.  A

Dec 28, 2011 10:30 AM #3
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Toni,

Love the video you took of the bats with sound. I do not think I have ever heard a bat make noise before of course I am not really places where they live or nest. Very interesting and I liked the picture too. Thanks for sharing such a unique experience. I have been to Disney-World twice but never to the Animal Park. Will have to go next time so I am putting it on my wish list.

Happy Holidays.

Dec 28, 2011 12:31 PM #4
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

Those are some big bats, Toni - we sometimes see little fruit bats flying around in the dusk and even have a bat house to encourage them to nest, but no luck so far!


Dec 28, 2011 12:58 PM #5
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and morning Toni

Toni my friends, I really like bats, they are so cool to watch flying around. You sure did a mighty fine looking video of Mom and Baby!

May each and everyday bring you and your family an abundant of blessings for the rest of 2011 and all the way though the New Year of 2012!

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Dec 28, 2011 07:14 PM #6
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Pacita - thank you for the video. How cute they are. I can't imagine seeing them flying all over.

Tammy - that's interesting, I didn't realize they flew with the babies. They are fun to watch at dusk. (the smaller ones).

Alexandra - I'm really kind of glad they don't fly around here though. Imagine walking in the evening and having one fly by.

Kristin - you should go to Animal Kingdo; there are very interesting areas there.

Karen - we love to see the little guys flying around too. Bats are so misunderstood.

Dale - thanks. You have a great day.


Dec 29, 2011 12:48 AM #7
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Amazing the sound that some animals make. Would have expected a bird or chimp/monkey to be the vocalist.

Dec 29, 2011 01:51 AM #8
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Toni,

I've got a feeling that if I ever visited you in FL, I'd never want to come home! You always have such fun and interesting blog posts and this one is no exception!

The content of this post is educational and very interesting! I'm so glad I got to read this and see that video too! Bats are pretty amazing creatures and I learned a lot from you. Thanks!

You cover lots of fun things to see and do in your part of the world. I can understand why Walt Disney considered it his home too!


Dec 29, 2011 04:29 AM #9
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Than - me too. Funny thing is: I don't remember hearing that when I was in there.

Patricia - there are so many interesting creatures on this earth and I love  learning about them.

Dec 29, 2011 07:26 AM #10
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Toni, Your post was fascinating.  I've always enjoyed seeing bats flying around -- especially knowing that they eat so many bugs.

Dec 29, 2011 03:00 PM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Very interesting post.  I have never seen bats that large.

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Jan 03, 2012 01:59 AM #12
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Gary - I like seeing the ones at dusk flying madly all over; catching bugs. Always a good thing.

Roy - I hadn't seen anything like that either (thank goodness). I would hate to have one of those zoom by me. :)

Jan 03, 2012 02:20 AM #13
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Toni, Bats are interesting creatures.  Gosh 4 feet wide, that is large.  Very loud talkers on the video.  Thanks.  We had a bat in the house recently.  Must have come in the fireplace.  It landed once before it exited out the front door and I could see it breathing really hard...poor little guy was as afraid as I was.  


Jan 06, 2012 09:31 AM #14
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Bats are kind of cute, Gloria, and he probably was afraid of you. Glad he made it out okay.

Jan 06, 2012 10:25 AM #15
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Bats freak me out.  That is a great shot Toni!  I couldn't watch the whole video.  EEEEEKKKK!

Jan 17, 2012 11:26 AM #16
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