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Berries on willow for animal (5,3)


I believe the answer is:

fruit bat

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'animal' is the definition.
(fruit bat is a kind of animal)

'berries on willow' is the wordplay.
'berries on' becomes 'fruit' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'willow' becomes 'bat' (willow can mean a cricket bat).

'for' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for fruit bat that I've seen before include "Large flying mammal" , "Long-snouted, large-eyed nectar feeder" , "Flying fox, for example" , "Flying fox; bait turf (anag.)" .)

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