This is Morris, an eastern red bat. I found him facedown on a sidewalk in my neighborhood while taking a walk. Believing he was abandoned by his mother, I could not just walk away. He is so tiny - easily fits in the palm of your hand when wrapped up. I brought him home and put him in a little enclosure inside a washcloth he could latch onto and snuggle with. I was able to get him to drink a small amount of water occasionally from a clean q-tip while looking for options to help him survive. I was very pleased to find a local bat rehabilitation organization - Austin Bat Refuge https://austinbatrefuge.org
Yesterday, we dropped Morris off with Lee, a very lovely person who clearly cares a great deal for bats. Morris was already eating mealworms before we left. He is going to be fine.
Lee was nice enough to tell us all about what they do, showed us some awesome fruit bats living with him, and gave us a little tour of the netted area outside where there were several bats hanging out and doing swell. Morris is going to make some new friends very soon!
If you find a bat, exercise caution. Never touch with your bare hands as this can put you and/or the bat in danger. But please find a bat rehab by searching online (we located ABR from information on batworld.org) and make sure that it is taken care of properly. They are beautiful, awesome creatures who do us a lot of good in the long run. http://www.batcon.org/why-bats/bats-are/bats-are-important
Isn’t he just adorable?
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