There’s been a steady stream of juveniles coming in to care with a variety of traumatic injuries. I took these vids last week to document progression of improvement to show how the newest patient would respond to hanging with other bats for the first time, as she had been on sling rest since coming in to care earlier in that week, suffering from traumatic brain injury most likely as the result of smacking a car at high speed. She presented to @sydvetspecialists with a profound nystagmus (where the eyes track pathologically away from the midline of the body). They provided initial stabilisation and then rung @wireswildliferescue for a vaccinated volunteer rescuer @megabattie who picked her up and brought her to me for ongoing rehabilitation. She’s still a bit twisty and disorientated, but it’s a significant improvement from how she first presented, (and she’s improved further since). This is all thanks to a process of teamwork which started with the goodwill of the member of public who knew she was in trouble because bats should never be on the ground, ever, or by themselves during the day. Thankfully they also knew not to touch the bat, and got it to a vaccinated vet.
In this video to the left is also a Bat that was still alive whilst connecting two powerline cables a few weeks ago, and suffered electrical burns through her body, (which more commonly instantly fatal). The shaved Bat near the back is Kayla, who was attacked by a bird of prey the other month. They all came in to care in terrible states, but appear to be (mostly) over the worst of it.
The next phase of their recovery will be in our large custom free flight facility, once Kayla has grown back some fur, and once the electrical burns girl and nystagmus girl have fully overcome their injuries, they will go there for several weeks to regain strength & #flight fitness before venturing back out in to the #wild world to re start their life as long distance native seed dispersers & #keystone #pollinators of the hardwoods of east coast Australia
#rescuerehabrelease #notouchnorisk #neverhandlealivebat #vaccinatedandlicensedcarer @sydney_wildlife_rescue