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Little Forest Bat

Vespadelus vulturnus


Very small (juvenile) Little Forest Bat from southern NSW


This is Little Forest Bat pup. It was rescued after a colony of bats was found in a wall being demolished. This was one of a number that was not able to be reunited with its mother.

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Steve A
Steve A 8 years ago

Hi Gilma, the survival rate of bats of this age are low. They are maintained at constant temperature and humidity, and are fed a formula diet - usually by a specialist bat carer. Some species are more resilient than others and have a better chance of survival. Bat carers will persevere regardless of these odds. In this case this little one did not survive. Nature can be ruthless despite our best efforts.

Such a cute thing, please say he made it! Did it?

Wow he is so delicate looking

Steve A
Steve A 9 years ago

In situations like this we will erect a bat-box and transfer them across, but they often don't stay there, preferring to find their own lodgings. On the other hand, people are often (unwittingly) providing living space for these guys.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Makes one want to go and build them their very own wall.

SuranjanMithra 9 years ago

Great pic, and a constant struggle .....this man and animal thing for space !!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

sad with this very little one,

HeatherMiller 9 years ago

I hope the baby bats make it. They are great mosquito eaters and work at night when the birds go to sleep.

NicholeSauve 9 years ago

awwww . great picture!

Yasser 9 years ago

What a delicate little thing!

KarenL 9 years ago

Adorable! Were they able to rehabilitate & release it?

Steve A
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Steve A

NSW, Australia

Spotted on Dec 14, 2011
Submitted on Dec 20, 2011

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