Jaw-Dropping Images From the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest

021_Ofer-Levy---Fly-by-drinkingFly-by drinking. Photo: Ofer Levy/Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

With a wing span of up to five feet, the grey-headed flying fox is the largest bat in Australia. With only 300,000 animals left in the wild, it is rare and protected. Unlike all other species of flying fox, which have fur only down to their knees, this flying mammal has a thick coat of the brown fuzzy stuff down to its ankles. All of that fluff helps when the bat gets thirsty.

"At dusk, it swoops low over the water, skimming the surface with its belly and chest," says photographer Ofer Levy. "Then, as it flies off, it licks the drops off its wet fur."

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