Updated: Jan 16
Charley would like to share with you her story about one of the bats she cared for in 2019!
I received the call on the 31st of May 2019, from a concerned family in Thornbury.
The bat they had called about was found in the family’s bin shed at the end of their garden. The family had been attempting to retrieve the bat from the bin shed for two days, but unfortunately to no avail. Upon examination after retrieving the bat from the bin shed, I discovered that it was an adult male common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus), with a significant tear in the membrane of his right wing.
Due to the nature of his injury, I assumed that either a domestic cat had caught him, or that he had torn his wing whilst trying to escape the shed. Once at home with me, he was set up in a plastic box with towels, water, food and a heat mat underneath to help the medication take effect. To prevent infection if this injury was due to a cat attack, he was put on a course of antibiotics and pain relief. He was taken out of his enclosure (an intensive care box in the first week and then a flexi after that) once a day for exercise, which involved him walking around on the bed under close supervision.
From seeking advice from other bat carers, and from Samwise’s strong personality, I never had any doubts that he would make a full recovery. After several successful flight tests, he was released back into the wild on the 22nd of August 2019, after nearly three months of rehabilitation.
When domestic cats find a bat roost or a regularly used flight path, they can cause many bat casualties and sometimes fatalities. Luckily for Samwise, I was able to intervene in time and provide him with the necessary safety and treatment needed to successfully release him back into the wild. Other bats and small animals aren't so lucky.
For this reason, we ask that where possible, domestic cat owners keep their cats indoors between dusk and dawn, which is when bats are most active.
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Together we can #helpsaveourbats!