They say that the rat had wings formerly, and that the large bat or flying fox at that time had no wings.
Some details of the working of the "flying fox" will be of interest.
I envied Wild and his party, whose occupation in connexion with the "flying fox" kept them permanently camped at this spot.
Ted was now calm enough to take all this in, and he became aware that he had only two horses to fear, “Cabul” and “flying fox”.
Of the Cheiroptera sixteen species have been identified; amongst them is the rousette or flying fox (Pteropus Edwardsii).