Some of the things that Mother Nature comes up with are astonishing. Whether it’s animals or plants, the unique part that each play is something to be admired and wondered at. Unfortunately, humans have a nasty habit of getting in the way of many of these creatures and causing them harm.
One woman was able to rescue one of these wild creatures from a “human disturbance.”
“Batzilla the Bat” is an online personality that records the wonderful work of rehabilitating injured bats! While this may not seem like the most glorious job in the world, it is important work.
One recent documentation shows us one of the coolest bats on the planet, up close and personal.
Sweetheart was caught in large aperture anti bird netting thrown over a paw paw tree and if not for the vigilant homeowner, she would have died in the netting hopelessly trussed up with no means of escape.
Sweetheart is a flying fox that was caught in a bird net while trying to get at some fruit in a tree. Without the help she received, Sweetheart most likely would have died right there in the netting. An unfortunate event, especially considering how cool flying foxes are!
While known as foxes, they are actually “megabats”!
These bats often go by many names, but flying foxes and fruit bats are the most common. They live all across the world, with over 60 distinct species of them present. Fruit bats are an important part of an ecosystem because they eat fruit and then disperse the seeds all around the area. They are basically “all-natural” see dispensers!
These friendly bats don’t really like to interact with humans but often get tangled in their nets.
Please never use any netting you can poke a finger through and instead choose wildlife safe shade cloth type netting.
The bats are often perceived as damaging to crops and nets are put up to protect fruit trees from bats and birds. While there are safe ways to do this, most people don’t use wildlife safe versions of these nets.
When they found Sweetheart, she was badly hurt.
The poor bat received injuries to her mouth and wings from struggling in the net for so long. The plan is to release the bat back into the wild to get back to what she does best – eating and dispersing seed!
While she was in human care, we can see just how wonderful these animals are.
Wrapped up in a little blanket, she looks almost like a little dog! With big eyes (fruit bats have great eyesight) and a doggy nose, Sweetheart almost looks like a little pet you would see running around the house. You can even see where her lips were injured when the camera pans downward.
Eventually, Sweetheart recovered enough and was able to be released back into the wild.
People like “Batzilla” do some pretty incredible work in helping to keep our ecosystem functioning! These massive bats are just as cute and snuggle as anything else when seen up close. It seems that even bats like a good head pat!
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