May 8, 2014: Today the little bat we sent off to the mainland last week was brought back to the island by his carer! The transformation was incredible: he had been so weak, lethargic and barely moving last week, but now, after just a week of TLC, he was happily munching away on some meal worms, eyes bright, big and shiny, ears perked up... and he flew off strongly when we released him at sunset! It’s always such a rewarding feeling when you are able to release animals back into the wild after a successful rescue! And we are so thankful to all the volunteer wildlife carers that help look after animals over on the mainland – they do amazing work!
Unfortunately bats in general are doing it quite tough these days. Diseases, starvation and loss of habitat have severely decimated their numbers and people’s pre-conceived notions about them are not making it any easier. Hopefully through education, people will learn to understand these animals better and realise what amazing and beautiful creatures they are. They do need all the help and protection they can get, as many bat species are facing extinction!