This is Newt, A Rodrigues Fruit Bat living at the Brookfield Zoo in USA.
And as you can see, Newt is celebrating Halloween in style...
I just love it!
"In 2009, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation held their first bat festival. The week-long exhibition on bats included showing of a bat film, conducting a bat count at three locations around the island, holding an art competition amongst the primary schools, and giving interviews in print and radio. They also produced educational tools like the Rodrigues Fruit Bat Sticker, Rodrigues Fruit Bat brochure, and Rodrigues fruit bat poster."
Little paper bats as decoration during the Bat Festival in 2009
"In 2010, the bat festival was a two-day exhibition (Friday, Saturday, 25 & 26 June) that included a bat count at 3 locations (open to the public), media interviews, and distribution of educational tools to the public, businesses, libraries, and schools. New this year, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation hosted a photography competition with the theme “Bats in the Wild” with each winner receiving an autographed book by OBC Director, Rob Mies. "
-from the family's obituary-
Übrigens, Pfadfinder gibt es in Mauritius bereits seit 99 Jahren, also seit 1912. Was Rodrigues betrifft, bin ich chronologisch nicht ganz auf dem Laufenden, nur dass die Pfadfinder hier sehr aktiv sind. Fast alle Kinder, die ich kenne, sind entweder schon bei den Pfadfindern oder wollen es werden.
Hier in Rodrigues ist die Verbindung zur katholischen Kirche besonders gut sichtbar. Es gibt spezielle Scout-Gottesdienste, und Samstag nachmittags sehe ich sie immer alle Richtung Kirche in Port Mathurin strömen nachdem sie ihre Treffen hatten, selbstverständlich in vollem Pfadfinderoutfit...-
By the way, it has been already for 99 years that Scouting started in Mauritius, as to Rodrigues I don't know exactly the timeline, only that the association is very active, most of the kids I know have or want become Scouts.
"Most Scout groups are sponsored by religious bodies, schools, colleges, and others institutions. All Scouts help during religious processions, regardless of creed, ..."
Here in Rodrigues the connection to the Catholic Church is very visible. I see them almost all Saturday afternoons after their meetings attending mass in our church in Port Mathurin, sure in full Scout gear and outfit, there are even special Scout Services...