Friday, February 6, 2009

Jamaican fruit bat

I went to the club last night. I talked to Greg about giving back the SCA sword and shield since I'm unlikely to get involved in that for the foreseeable future. It turns out I will actually be giving them to Andrew who is still interested in taking it up. I will probably give those to him on Sunday. 

goal for the week 16.5 hours
still sanding
photo by digitalART2
The Jamaican fruit bat (Artibeus jamaicensis) inhabits Central America and northern South America. They are said to have a pleasant smell like that of perfumed soap. These bats have one of the most efficient digestive systems among vertebrates and can process food all the way through it's system in under 30 minutes, it likely does not use microbial fermentation to help break down it's food.  This fast digestion makes it a very important seed distributer, as seeds are still viable after the process.  They also have an unusual mobbing behavior, when one member of the bat's group lets out a distress call the rest of the group shows up and attacks the predator. Jamaican fruit bats have also been known to make tents out of large leaves by biting the stems at key points to create a little shelter. Their wings have two types of fast twitch flight muscles that give it a greater range of maneuverability then many bats.

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