Andrew from Bobbin Head Marina, called WIRES when he found a tiny microbat on the ground. He put it in a shoebox with some t-shirt material to hang from. WIRES volunteer, Sara went to pick up the pup the next morning and quickly realised that it was very young indeed. The tiny male microbat weighed just 3g, had no fur, and his eyes were only partially open. He was cold and very dehydrated.
By the 5th day in care, second photo, he was starting to look like less like Yoda and more like a bat and he was really active, feeding very enthusiastically, and it was time to move him to Sarah at Sydney Wildlife. She also has adult bats of this species in care: this is critical for the pup’s development, as he needs to learn to communicate with other myotis bats as soon as possible.
Once he’s old enough, he will be taught to catch and eat live insects, allowed to practise flying, and will finally be released back at the site of his original rescue.
Getting this little bat as far as this has involved a lot of work by a lot of different people – thanks so much to everyone! – and to Sarah, who will care for him until he’s old enough to get back out into the wild.
Please remember only fully trained and vaccinated volunteers should handle bats or flying-foxes of any sort. Call WIRES 1300 094 737 for advice if you find one in distress.