Bats are great, and the flying fox is the best bat. Discuss.
These are some of the flying fox images I’ve collected on my picture file tumblr, the Coelacanth Gallery. These pictures are potentially useful references for designing not just absurdly cute bat characters, but any creature with a bone-and-leather wing evolved from a leg or hand. The anatomy is clear, and fascinating. (And the animated .gifs are great for enjoying those highly directional ears.)
Flying foxes tame down easily and, in theory, make interesting pets. I always wanted to live in Bali in a house on stilts, never wear shoes again, and have my rafters full of tame flying foxes who would eat out of my hand. Not a practical plan, but an attractive one, particularly in the winter.