Re: Flying foxes
"Well I knew about all that stuff, especially all the deadly spiders and snakes. I was more curious if there are any more 'surprise' animals like giant bats (got any rats the size of dogs, or wasps the size of crows, perhaps....those would be pretty horrible!)
Those big bats probably don't kill you, but sure would scare the shit out of me if I encountered one without knowing they were a thing! "
I was up at Cape Tribulation one time, they had a little booth manned by a National Parks ranger in which they had various informative posters plus rubber souvenir koalas, kangaroos etc, plus a rubber flying fox which the ranger had hanging by it's feet, bat style, from the counter. At least, both myself and the elderly American tourists at the counter thought it was made of rubber until is suddenly flapped it's wings. I'd never actually seen people levitate before, I was quite surprised myself. Turned out the National Parks ranger was into wildlife rescue and she was rehabilitating said injured flying fox, so of course she took it to work with her. They're quite cute, really.