BENEFITING: Bat World Sanctuary
ORGANIZER: Bat World Sanctuary
Bat World Sanctuary wrote -
How do these babies come to be orphaned?
The answer is a variety of reasons. Mother bats have tremendous odds against them. Their pups are 1/4 to 1/3 the size of their mother at birth. After her pup is born the mom must be able to eat enough insects to feed herself as well as make ample milk to feed her rapidly growing baby, who will be as large as she is by the time it is weaned. Some mothers, especially new moms, find this task impossible and may abandon her baby in the process. Mother bats also succumb to predators such as owls. hawks, blue jays and crows, or they may become injured during a storm and be unable to make it home to their pup. Starving babies will eventually leave the roost in search of mom, who will never return.
From where do these orphans come?
Every summer we get calls from dozens pf people who have found baby bats in their yard. We also walk an area in downtown Mineral Wells, Texas in search of orphaned bats that may have left the numerous roosting sites in the older buildings being used by the bats.
What we do to save them:
The orphans we rescue take up to 12 weeks to raise and release back to the wild. During that time, the pups must be fed several times daily. Some pups come to us injured and these babies also require pain medication and antibiotics and other treatments. After a few weeks the pups are transitioned to solid food (mealworms) and painstaking taught to feed themselves, a process which can take 4 to 6 hours daily. When the pups are physically ready, they are moved to our large flight enclosure so they can hone their flight skills. They will remain in the flight enclosure, flying their little hearts away nightly, for up to 2 weeks. Some pups "wild up" soon after they learn to fly while others are slow to (or never) make the transition. Any pups that appear to lack survival skills are allowed to stay with us, where they will be care for the rest of their lives (which could be up to 20 years).
Your donation will allow us to rescue and care for these precious beings through baby season and beyond.