Tong - Squeaky

Tong Rescue – Squeaky

Squeaky was found in the Tong area of Bradford when family members heard a squeaking sound coming from the laundry basket. Squeaky, a male common pipistrelle most likely dropped onto the hamper of laundry to a very soft landing! The family made attempts to reach the Bat Conservation Trust and was put into contact with a volunteer from WYBG.

Squeaky certainly lived up to his name when the volunteer arrived. He was actively vocalising and moving around his box, brimming with energy. As it was dusk and it appeared that Squeaky was echolocating, after a quick check for injuries an improvised attempt was made to reunite him back to his mum. There were a few fly-bys which could have been juvenile pipistrelles stretching their wings but sadly nobody came to collect little squeaky.

Squeaky stayed overnight with a volunteer and had lots of regular milk feeds, which he took to very well. When he was dropped off at the bat hospital for his rehabilitation he was just as active and energetic as he was the night before. Its hoped that after a short isolation period, he can join a group of bats his own age where he can socialise and learn the skills to become a very capable flier.

Milk Face

A post milk squeaky.

 

If you find an injured or grounded bat, please in the first instance call the BCT on: 0345 1300 228 and follow the guidance we have on our page here

Pipistrelle

Brighouse Rescue – Robin

Robin the wonder-bat was found by the family dog “Billy” a very chilled Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The family had already had a couple of other bats emerge into their house, one of which had settled on a guitar amplifier and flown across the room!

The family had managed to get Robin into a shoebox, following guidance from the Bat Conservation trust. Robin was kitted out with a very stylish Adidas box with his own see through sunroof! A volunteer from WYBG visited the house to collect and the family explained how these bats were entering their house through the bottom of a fireplace. WYBG advised them to block the exit hole as any bats behind the fire will be able to climb back up where they came from or be collected by mothers.

The plan was to take Robin to Otley. When he arrived there the family had found yet another bat and it was decided it may worth an attempt to see if Robin’s mum would collect him that night. The other bat was incidentally  collected as Robin was making his way back to Brighouse. Robin stayed on a makeshift release board watched eagerly by the family and volunteers. Sadly after several hours and lots of interest from other bats, Robin was not collected.

Robin stayed the night with the trained volunteer where he was fed and watered and taken to Otley the following afternoon. He will remain with other pipistrelles of his own age, learn to fly and feed for himself and be released later in the year.

 

Pipistrelle

Wakefield Rescue – Mickey

Mickey was found by a passerby on her way to the shop close to where she lived in Wakefield.

Mickey is another pup around 3 weeks old. It is not certain how mickey came to be on the pavement in Wakefield but it is possible there were some roosts nearby the site he was found as there is a small stream, houses and trees providing excellent cover and feeding areas that bats love.

The passerby managed to pick up Mickey and take him home into a safe space away from her pet dog and cat! She contacted several vets in the Wakefield area who gave lots of misleading advice. Most advised her not to pick up the bat at all due to the risk of rabies. In fact, it can be quite safe to pick up a bat if you are wearing thick gloves or use the over-turned box method (see more on this here) and the rabies prevalence in the UK is very low (more on rabies). The lady also had advice from one vet to have it brought in to be euthanised!!!

Mickey is a healthy, uninjured bat that did not need to be euthanised for any ethical or medical reasons and there was no reason why he couldn’t go on to live the rest of his life. The determined finder continued to make telephone calls until she was finally put in contact with Maggie at our Bat hospital. Maggie was able to arrange a local volunteer to collect Mickey and take him to Otley so he can learn to stretch his wings and catch his own food.

If you have found a grounded bat, please see our advice page here and call the BCT on 0345 1300 228