“Have to dispel myths associated with flying fox”: Megabat captured in Kulgam

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Srinagar: A rare mammal, the Indian flying fox (Pteropus medius, also known as the greater Indian fruit bat) was captured by wildlife department in a village in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Monday afternoon.

Pertinently, Indian flying fox is a species of megabat found in the Indian subcontinent

Local news gathering agency Kashmir News Observer (KNO) quoting unnamed officials reported that the Indian large flying fox was captured by wildlife control room Devsar in Sangas Karwat village of Kulgam on Monday.

A large number of people rushed to the spot and clicked pictures of the mammal.

Wildlife Warden, South Division, Abdul Rouf Zargar told KNO that they would release the mammal into the orchard after a medical checkup because it was in an injured condition (head injury), adding that it forays into villages to eat fruits.

Wildlife Warden, Wetlands, Ifshan Dewan told KNO  “We have to dispel myths associated with large flying fox (bats), like they being considered ‘ill omens,’. Bats are also territorial in nature, and so do not like their space being invaded,” she said, adding that it is nocturnal and eat mainly fruits

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