Bats live long healthy lives and eat mostly fruit which are high in enzymes that support the immune system and I suspect play a key role in their immunity to viruses (ie: covid19) which they often carry but stay asymptomatic (do not get sick).*
Bats use sonar to find fruit to eat. Bats are the only mammal that can fly.
Bats are reforesting African woodlands which will help climate environment and health since trees sequester carbon and produce oxygen. “According to the researchers, a colony of 150,000 animals (bats) disseminate more than 300,000 small seeds in a single night. This is sufficient to kickstart the regrowth of 800 hectares of forest – for a single colony. Thus, both forests and humans could benefit from better protection for these creatures, which are primarily at risk from hunting.”
It looks like this bat is eating a date fruit.
Bats eat also eat flower nectar and pollinate plants.
Egyptian fruit bat hanging from a palm tree. Bats also eat insects which helps increase fruit yields.
A Gambian epauletted fruit bat, Epomophorus gambianus, takes off with a fig.
Here’s an interesting youtube video about bats by SciShow:
*Medical doctors usually have very little training in nutrition, botany, zoology, and genetics which I took in addition to human anatomy and physiology in college as a biology major for a year. I have food and drug and chemical hypersensitivities aka secondary allergies so usually eschew pharmaceutical drugs, prefer to have all ingredients listed an anything I put into my hypersensitive body, have used nutrition and nutrition therapy successfully since 1990, and I am interested in antibody (titer) test and perhaps a different way to administer “vaccine” or therapy other than a needle into the bloodstream like maybe some capsule or drink. I appreciate modern medicine to fix people in a serious accident even as a retired CDL school bus driver for 25 years extensively trained in safety and accident prevention, but I’ve read that chronic lifestyle related conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer can be prevented or reversed with whole-food plant-based (vegan) diet and healthy lifestyle according to doctors including Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. John A. Mcdougall, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Garth Davis, and Dr. Doug Graham. I admit it is often difficult to convince people to eat a plant-based diet and practice a natural wellness lifestyle, but people who do should maybe get discounts on medical (accident) insurance or perhaps if more doctors complemented or integrated their practices with plant-based diet and natural wellness lifestyle for disease prevention it would bring down health care costs for everyone and improve the lives of many. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has a listing of Plant-Based Doctors and I’m trying to get signed up with one for a wellness check. Meanwhile, I’m starting to really appreciate fruit bats. :)