EGYPTIAN FRUIT BAT CUBS WERE BORN IN MOSCOW ZOO

31.07.2020
Two adorable cubs of the Egyptian fruit bat were born in Moscow Zoo on July 22. Our zoologists immediately examined the cubs and determined their gender. The female was named Tango, the male - March.

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“The cubs were born absolutely healthy. They now weigh a little over 20 grams. For about a month, the baby bats will cling to their mothers and feed on their milk. On week 2-4, the mother begins to teach the cub to remain alone. It is surprising that even in colonies of thousands, a female can always find her baby, “said Svetlana Akulova, General Director of Moscow Zoo. 

Moscow Zoo is home to one of the oldest colonies of the Nile fruit bat. The first representatives of this family came to us back in 1996 from Rotterdam. During this time, we have received more than 320 descendants. In the “Night World” pavilion we keep a group of around 18-20 individuals.

The bloodline of fruit bats is traced to the mother, because the father of the cub is usually unknown. One of our mothers is called Tuya (mother to Tango), the other is Ma'am (mother to Marsh). The cubs will reach the size of an adult by 7-8 months, but females will be ready for breeding at 1.5 years, and males by 2 years.

Egyptian bats are the only fruit bats that have echolocation. They need it because they live in caves. At night, in search of food, they can fly up to 40 kilometers. Fruit bats feed on the fruits of various plants like figs, oranges, date fruits and bananas. They can eat the entire fruit only if it is ripe and juicy, otherwise they chew on it for a long time, sucking out all the juice, and spit out the rest.

In the Zoo, besides fruits, we feed them with honey as a delicacy, which is placed in a special wooden block with holes in it. We hang fruits for them to the ceiling or place them in the hanging feeders. They eat while hanging upside down, putting a piece of fruit on their chest.