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Can You Resist These Fluffy, Leaf-Dwelling Fuzzballs?

posted: 10/28/15
by: Danny Clemens
Honduran white bat
Geoff Gallice via Wikimedia Commons

Deep in the forests of Central America lives an airborne white fuzzball that is sure to capture even the coldest of hearts.

The Honduran white bat (Ectophylla alba) is a small, fluffy creature found throughout Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Up to 8 of the inch-long bats can be found roosting underneath of a single heliconia leaf, which protects the small creatures from precipitation and the beaming sun:

Honduran white bat
Leyo via Wikimedia Commons

The leaf also provides refuge from hungry predators. Although the bats' coat is white, sunlight shining through the green leaf gives the white fur a green tinge, making the small creatures difficult to spot from below, according tho the Rainforest Alliance.

Only a handful of bat species across the world are known to roost in tents.

At night, the small bat ventures out of its leafy abode to forage for fruit and insects, its meals of choice.

Related: Rare Long-Tongued Bat Spotted in Bolivia

The IUCN lists the Honduran white bat as Near Threatened. "This species is in significant decline (but at a rate of less than 30% over ten years) due to human population density [...] and habitat conversion," the organization writes on its website.

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