BOOBOOK Cares for Little Broad-nosed Bat

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BOOBOOK Ecologists rescued and successfully cared for and released a microbat that lost its way.

 

The small bat had been clinging about a metre off the ground to the trunk of a large Narrow-leaved Bottle Tree near a tyre business in Roma, southwest Queensland. Owners of the tyre business said the bat had been there for at least three days prior to being rescued by BOOBOOK staff on 19th April 2013.

 

BOOBOOK staff were recommended by local people and were contacted by a RSCPA representative from Brisbane, who originally fielded the call about the bat. Instead of the bat being sent to Brisbane, only to have it sent back to be released should it survive, BOOBOOK staff offered to take care of it under their Wildlife Carers’ permit.

 

With no observed injury or illness, except poor condition, the bat was cared for by BOOBOOK staff for two weeks before being released. It took a couple of days for the male bat to start eating. First attempts to feed it with insects such as small moths were unsuccessful, however, once it got the taste for mud wasp larvae it looked forward to its nightly feed and rapidly gained strength.

 

We may never know why the bat lost its way on the Bottle Tree and stayed there exposed to the elements. However, it was fortunate that people took an interest and sought help for it.

 

Little Broad-nosed Bats are one of the more common of the microbats within inland Queensland. They eat insects such as mosquitoes and small moths. They normally roost in tree hollows and can often be seen flying around gardens and street lights in search of insects at dusk.

 

Photos: Bat on tree; Richard rescuing the bat; Release time (looking in much better condition)

 

Video: Eating mud wasp larvae.

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