|Giant golden-crowned flying fox|
I'm also saddened about the fate of these two fruit bat species. Both of these species, like other fruit bats, are known to play a vital role in the forest ecosystem in which they promote seed dispersal. That is, when they eat fruits, the seeds are digested out of their bodies which in turn transform into the trees of that particular fruit. If the bats disappear, then other wildlife species in Negros Oriental will too. And the forest frog is one of them. Without it, scientists, researchers, and nature lovers will not be able to tell whether a forest is healthy or not. I also feel that just hoping what the police will do regarding this environmental catastrophe will not help. It is best to establish research and rescue centers for these fruit bats, especially those who have been orphaned. This method has been done in Australia's Northern Territory where fruit bats are viewed as nuisance in local fruit farmers. If Australia can do it, then Philippines can too.
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