- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Veterinarians at the San Antonio Zoo have neutered more than 350 fruit bats this week in an effort to curb the growth of the colony.

Senior Staff Veterinarian Rob Coke tells KSAT-TV (https://bit.ly/1xKXYTE ) it’s the largest number of bats the zoo has ever operated on at once. Coke said 350 male bats had the operation Monday and Tuesday and that veterinarians planned to neuter 150 to 200 more.

The animals are part of the South American short-tailed fruit bats exhibit, which has grown to a population of about 1,000. Coke said the move will prevent starvation and population stress.


Information from: KSAT-TV, https://www.ksat.com

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