Sunday, December 7, 2014

Bat burritos

Knowing the ecological importance of bats does not make them any less creepy…until you see this. The Australian Bat Clinic has rescued a group of baby flying fox bats whose mothers succumbed to temperatures of 110°F (43°C) during a heat wave in that country. Often found still clinging to their dead mothers, the infants are swaddled in tiny blankets for warmth, but also to help them feel secure. When they reach maturity, the bats will be released into the wild, but until then, the clinic explains, "When baby bats first enter rehabilitation, it can be traumatizing for them as they have just been separated from their mothers to which they have formed strong bonds. Bat carers have to ensure that the baby bats not only are well fed, but that they are nurtured and feel safe in their temporary new home."

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