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India - A flying fox

It's three in the morning and it's impossible to sleep. So, I'll tell you what I saw yesterday.

Is it a plane? Is it a bird? No, it's a fox

Chennai, end of the day, I'm in my room and taking a little rest. Overcoming jet lag is always a bit difficult.

Out of the corner of my eye, I see a plane passing by, no, a big bird, no,... it's something else.

Surprisingly, there are a lot of birds in Chennai. Earlier, I saw ring-necked parakeets (psittacula krameri) and Indian crows (corvus splendens).

I sit at the window and wait... until I see a flying fox (pteropus medius) passing by


I am impressed. It is one of the largest bats in the world and the largest in India. Its wingspan can reach 1.5 meters.

credit: Royal Natural History, Volume 1

Despite its powerful claws and its even more impressive canines, I am not afraid because it is not blood that it feed on but more kindly ripe fruits and nectars.

It is now five o'clock and the muezzin's call is heard. The Muslim population only makes up 10% of Chennai's population, but they are concentrated in the neighborhood where I stay. So, 5 times a day, the song of prayer rises from the mosque which is located nearby.

I'm leaving you, I'm going to try to sleep a little longer...

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