It’s been stupendously busy, so much so I have barely had time to sleep let alone post about it coherently!! I would like to make it up to you all, by introducing you to #Shoey (that’s right like the alcoholic drink out of a smelly shoe) although thankfully he wasn’t found in someone’s dirty shoe, he was found on someone’s lawn, tiny, eyes fused closed and ears down, mostly furless with placenta still attached. Shoey came in to care (at best guess) 3-4 weeks premature weighing 51g with a forearm of 47mm. As with human babies, being born under developed is a risky business. To add to that, falling from a height, and being left on the ground in the cold is not particularly helpful for winning the odds at life. However, after careful consultation with wildlife vet from @australiazoo and Trish from @ausbatclinic in collaboration with my wonderful local vet we all decided that he had enough life in him to give a go, albeit with a somewhat guarded prognosis. He has now been in care for 2 weeks and has mostly thrived, except for one episode of acute hypoglycemia- they have extremely fragile sensitivity to changes in blood glucose which resulted in a short term crash, from which he was successfully revived and has continued to progress ever since. Other than that, his requirements have been 90% sleep in a humidity and temp controlled ICU incubator, small and frequent round the clock feeds, supplementary fluids to counter fluid loss through naked surface area, respiratory support on the nebuliser to aid immature lungs and body positioning to maximize ventilation... and lots and lots of patience... cheers to teeny tiny Shoey, and may he continue to thrive my little Bat blob.
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