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A painted mural adorning one side of a utilities box at the base of Bartley's Hill Lookout. It depicts the world's largest bat, the Grey-headed flying fox, a member of the 'megabat' family with a wingspan of 1 metre and a weight of 1 kilogram. Some individuals can reach 1.7 metres and weigh 1.45 kg! They were called 'flying foxes' because their heads look similar to those of foxes. For the most part, these creatures are harmless and feed on nectar and fruit. They roost in colonies of hundreds or even thousands and just occasionally some of them carry lyssavirus, a close relative of rabies. There are vaccines available for both horses and people, but they must be applied either before being bitten, scratched, or licked by an infected bat, or within 2 weeks of contact. The flowers seen here are probably Corymbia, a type of flowering eucalypt with 100 + species.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyssavirus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey-headed_flying_fox

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corymbia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megabat

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 17040 W: 1065 N: 37282] (169668)
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