I remember that in Labasa the boys used to catch the fruit bats who were raiding the fruit trees, and then cook them for dinner. I haven't tried to eat them yet. But in other places there's no way people will eat bats, and even in some countries they are regarded as sacred such as in Tonga. A couple of weeks ago we drove through the village of Kolovai where the casuarina trees are home to hundreds of fruit bats, or flying foxes. These nocturnal creatures are considered sacred by the Tongan people and remain protected animals in the Kingdom.
Though stories vary somewhat, both Tongan and Samoan legends claim that Tonga's flying fox colony at Kolovai descended from a pair of flying foxes that Sina, the Princess of Samoa, presented to the Tongan monarch (a gift of love, some say). As many as 600 flying foxes can be seen at the Kolovai colony In Tonga bats are protected by royal decree meaning Tonga is one of the few remaining locations where the Foxbat and the Old World Bat thrive in the wild.
Tonga is lucky to be home to the Flying Fox bat and the micro Old World Fruit Bat. The Flying Fox is pure vegetarian eating sap and fruit in the trees and thus plays a vital role in the Tongan ecosystem by pollinating trees and spreading the seeds through scat. Their meter wide wingspan and quick, darting flights in the tree tops makes the Flying Fox an easy mammal to view. Flying Foxes leave their tree roosts about an hour before sunset and begin their circling flight paths.
The Old World Bat is one of the world's smallest bats and can be seen living overhead of Swallows Cave. Old World Bats are some of the world’s lightest flying mammals weighing just a quarter ounce each.
"A baby bat is called a pup"
A website with great photos of Pacific Island bats is
I didn't take photos on our trip so I located photos from the net, including one of a young 'pup'. Well, some mothers do have 'em!