Five of the 130 batlings rescued from the Queensland, AU floods. Photo: REX FEATURESThis week's tiny stars are these five lucky bat babes recently rescued from floods sweeping Australia's Gold Coast. Poor little boogers. I love the first guy, peeping out from behind his folded wings! Any animal's cute factor multiplies ten fold when swaddled. Fact.
From the Daily Mirror, 1/8/2011:
SWADDLED in dusters these five baby bats had a lucky escape.
They are among 130 orphans to have been rescued since storms hit the Gold Coast in Australia causing flooding across Queensland. Trish Wimberley and her colleagues at the Australian Bat Clinic and Wildlife Trauma Centre have been picking up the four-week old babies at known bat roosts.
They tiny creatures have been found on the ground covered in maggots and fly eggs. Trish said: “They come down to feed on the ground making them vulnerable. It’s not a natural occurrence. Bats are a barometer to what is going on in the environment. They’re our canaries down the coal mine.”
The surviving youngsters will be bottle fed and kept either hanging on clothes lines or in special intensive care units until they are ready to fly again in about four weeks.