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An Egyptian fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) eating a ripe mango. These bats are often exterminated when mistakenly accused of fruit crop damage. Merlin Tuttle investigated in Keyna, doumenting that, though fruit bats eat mangos in orchards, they only eat those that ripen prematurely or are missed during harvest. Marketable mangos must be picked at least seven days before ripening, at a time when they are too green for bats to eat.

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