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Giant bat makes comeback in Tanzania (Pemba flying fox fruit bat, 5-foot plus wingspan)
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/30/08 | Reuters
OSLO (Reuters) – A giant bat with a wingspan up to 5.5 feet has made a comeback from the brink of extinction in Tanzania in a rare conservation success, an environmental group said on Friday.
Numbers of the Pemba flying fox, a type of fruit bat, have risen to 22,000 since it was rated critically endangered two decades ago when "only a scant few individual fruit bats could be observed," British-based Fauna and Flora International said.
In a release coinciding with Halloween, it said that the bat's maximum wingspan was "greater than the height of the average British woman."
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