Observations on the roosting posture of adult and mother-raised-young flying-10x8s demonstrate that there is no good reason for neonate and infant flying-foxes in human care to be lightly wrapped-up with their hind limbs constrained. It is suggested that this practice causes physiological and psychological pain and is likely to impede the animals' normal anatomical, physiological and psychological development, and to compromise their survival in the wild. The role and value of flying fox carer groups are discussed.
Posture and anatomical adaptations in neonatal flying-foxes (Genus Pteropus, suborder Megachiroptera): cautionary tales for carers
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Len Martin; Posture and anatomical adaptations in neonatal flying-foxes (Genus Pteropus, suborder Megachiroptera): cautionary tales for carers. Australian Zoologist 1 April 1998; 30 (4): 443–448. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.1998.011
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