At around 6 p.m. in Phnom Penh each evening, about 5,000 large brown bats, having spent the day dangling upside down from a tree at Wat Phnom, spread their huge wings and fly out to begin their nightly search for fruit. The feathery flowers of the durian, and the longan fruit, are among their favorite snacks. Known as the “flying fox,” the bats also inadvertently help thousands of durian farmers whose fruits would not be as delicious were the bats not present to pollinate their trees. And as useful and fascinating as the flying fox is, the species
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