28 Baby Bats Fell Out Of Their Tree. Suffering From Hypothermia, It Was Unknown If They’d Make It…Ashley Maisano
28 little red flying fox pups were brought to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital where they needed treatment for hypothermia. Trish, a specialist bat carer, found the baby bats on the ground at a known bat camp near Mt Ommaney and brought them right to the Wildlife Hospital for help. Normally, mother bats will leave her babies for a short time while she goes to gather food. In this case, it is believed that the babies dropped from their tree suffering with hypothermia while waiting for their mother to return.
When the bats arrived at the hospital, three vets and six vet nurses were on duty, immediately tending to each one. They gave then warm electrolyte fluids, wrapped them in special “bat wraps,” and kept them in a cozy environment to bring their temperature back up. Bat pups are soothed by pacifiers, just like human children, so each bat received their own tiny pacifier.
Thankfully, the babies were successfully treated and were then sent with Trish to her specialist facility for further care. Sadly, Trish has discovered even more bat pups on the ground at the same camp, due to the cold weather, and has brought those ones to the Wildlife Hospital as well. Now those bats will also receive the same treatment as the first 28, and they will continue to keep an eye out for more on the ground.