The best day of my existence. Everyone, meet Taga, the sweetest Mariana fruit bat. I got the chance to hold him before he was released back into his natural habitat after being captured with proper permits for a diet study.
The Mariana fruit bat (Pteropus mariannus), or Fanihi in Chamorro, is endemic to Guam, Rota and the rest of the Northern Mariana Islands. Unfortunately it is endangered mainly due to habitat loss. Some other threats they face are poachers, the invasive brown tree snakes on Guam, and natural causes. They are also considered to be a culinary delicacy to the Chamorro people.
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