Meet Lil' Drac.
The orphaned short-tailed fruit bat was abandoned by his stressed-out mother (not an uncommon behavior, apparently) and was rescued and hand-raised by volunteers from Bat World Sanctuary.
Thanks to bad portrayal in movies, we are so used to thinking of bats as evil creatures, but according to Bat World's website, that's a bad rap:
Bats are clean, gentle and intelligent, they are vital to the ecosystem, and they enhance our lives in many ways. Fruit and nectar bats bring us approximately 450 commercial products and over 80 different medicines through seed dispersal and pollination. Up to 98% of all rainforest regrowth comes from seeds that have been spread by fruit bats. Insect-eating bats are literal vacuum cleaners of the night skies, eating millions upon millions of harmful bugs. They protect us by eating insect-pests that destroy crops as well as insects that cause human disease.
Watch the cute little baby bat rock his body while hanging upside down to comfort himself after he's been fed (with milk soaked onto a tiny foam tip).
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