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Picture captured from the TV show 20/20 on the ABC network

Flying Fox

These beautiful animals are called Flying Foxes or Fruit Bats. They are located on the western side of the island, in the village of Kolovai, about ten and a half miles from the capital. You can't miss them, they are right along the main highway, hanging in casuarina (ironwood) trees. The funny thing about these animals is that they hang and squeak during the day, but at night it's quiet so the people can sleep. The bats leave to look for fruit, which is the only food they eat, and then return home before dawn. It is forbidden to touch the flying foxes because they belong to the Royal Family.


I took this picture in 1980 in the village of Kolovai. It is the only church in Tonga that is built in the old Tongan style.
All pictures and items contained on this page were created and/or gathered by me, with noted exceptions of ABC's and NBC's pictures. 1999, 2000 by webmaster of Tonga 2K.