Eat a piece of fruit, and it takes a day or more to pass through your digestive system. The same process in the Jamaican Fruit-eating Bat takes about fifteen minutes.
In North America these bats occur only in the Florida Keys, where they roost in buildings mostly. Sometimes, though, a Jamaican Fruit-eating Bat will sleep outdoors by fashioning a tent out of a large leaf. The construction of the tent is simple: the bat bites into the midribs of a suitable leaf, and the leaf folds into a tent.
The Jamaican Fruit-eating Bat's diet consists primarily of figs, which fruit year-round in the western Keys. Once eaten, the figs pass rapidly through the bat's digestive system, so rapidly, in fact, that the bat's fecal matter smells like freshly picked figs.
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