Grey headed flying fox

Grey headed flying fox

Bats hanging upside from branches

Grey-headed flying foxes are important pollinators of native eucalypt forests and are helpful in restoring vegetation after fires; however, they can be dangerous when they occur near human populations because they are known to carry and transmit Lyssa virus and Hendra virus, both of which can be fatal in humans.

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