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Females of Egyptian fruit bats consistently take food directly from the mouth of male bats in exchange for sex.
"The females gave birth to the males of which they most often put food," said Professor Yossi Yovel. “Three to four months before mating, the females start scratching the food of several men.
Animals still share food because the cost of defending their food resources may have been too great. Alternatively, they may be related. TAU research provides an alternative option: sharing food can come with delayed gender satisfaction.
Men regularly shared their food with female bats, allowing them to take food from their mouths for a long time. These females and males created a kind of bond that rotated around this junction. The females eventually mated with one of the food males.
It was found that the females gave birth to "male males from which they had food," Yovel said.
Other indications that came during over a year of fruit-bat research showed that there was almost no overlap between men preferred by each woman, which suggested that women choose men to scrounge from based on individual preference of some sort that has changed from. year.
"We intend to explore how these relationships evolve and change for many years," Yovel concluded. "We would also like to see how these interactions observed in captivity take place in wild populations."
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