ABOUT BAT CONSERVATION AND RESCUE QLD

Bat Conservation and Rescue Qld
is a registered not-for-profit volunteer organization that strives to help people understand the importance
of all bat species, to provide a prompt and humane rescue service, to raise orphans and to rehabilitate injured bats before returning them to the wild.
BCRQ offers this free 24/7 community service all year round including public holidays.

We provide an efficient and humane service to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned bats and return them to the wild as soon as possible.

We disseminate accurate information through literature, community events and talks to the general public about the importance of bats.

We are active advocates in the conservation of bats and their habitat.

We offer advice on helping to provide and improve habitats for bats as well as identifying botanical species that can be injurious to bats.

I HAVE FOUND A BAT

SEEK HELP – PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH BATS!

CALL OUR RESCUE HOTLINE ON 0488 228 134

If a bat bites or scratches a human, it may have to be destroyed and sent for testing for Australian Bat Lyssavirus – do not risk the bat’s life or your health. Only people trained and Rabies vaccinated should handle bats.

A flying-fox hanging on overhead power lines may still be alive. Even if dead, it may be a mother with a live baby tucked up under her wing. Please call BCRQ immediately.

If you find a flying-fox caught on a barbed wire fence, please very carefully and without touching it, throw a towel over the bat to help keep it calm. Then call BCRQ immediately.

If you find a flying-fox caught in fruit tree netting, do not try and cut the bat out of the net but call BCRQ immediately.

If the bat is on the ground, please cover the bat with a cardboard box or a washing basket to contain it and call BCRQ immediately.

Any bat by itself through the day is in trouble.

Keep children and pets away from the bat to help minimise its stress and remember, NO TOUCH NO RISK!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

BECOME A MEMBER

Join as an active or associate member. BCRQ offers free training to members.

MAKE A DONATION

Donate via Bank Transfer or PayPal.

All donations of $2.00 and over are tax deductible.

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This handsome man is Luca, a male black flying fox. He was hit by a car while out foraging at night. Thankfully the person who accidentally hit him did the right thing and stopped, located where he was, didn’t touch him and gave us a call straight away. They were even lovely enough to stay with Luca so we could easily locate him when we got there! Luca was extremely distressed by his experience but quickly calmed down once he realised we had banana smoothie for him. He’s come off very lightly, all things considered, with injuries that will heal well in care.

Sometimes it’s completely unavoidable when you hit an animal but it’s what you do afterwards that counts. Too many animals are hit and left to die. Do the right thing and take responsibility for the animal you have injured and get it the help it deserves.

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Our good friends up at Bat Care Capricornia are in great need of some help. They are a completely self funded small team facing drought, heat, mass ‘abandonment’ events, misinformed public in addition to the usual rescues. They operate over a very large area, with hours of driving to rescue a single bat. To top it off they are required to pay for all of the veterinary costs for their bats. This year has been particularly difficult with the mass ‘abandonment’ events up in Rockhampton. We were able to help out by transporting multiple loads of these babies back to Brisbane to lessen their load but the situation is ongoing.

We are asking all of our lovely followers who have supported us so brilliantly to please consider making a small donation to Bat Care Capricornia. You know your money will go straight back into buying critical supplies and paying off vet bills for central Queensland’s bats. One of our carers has set up a gofund me donation page so please use this if you are able to donate.

In the video is Nettle, a baby flying fox rescued by Bat Care Capricornia and transported down to us for care. He was critically thin but is quickly putting on weight and loving his special smoothie mix.

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Welcome to today’s episode of baby bats try new fruit. Today we have Salsa and Nachos trying a piece of banana. A lot of people wonder why flying foxes have such large and sharp looking teeth if they eat fruit and nectar. The answer is that these teeth are designed so the flying foxes can grab a piece of fruit and fly away to eat it. The long teeth act like skewers, helping to prevent them from dropping it as they fly. From around 6 weeks of age the babies lose their milk teeth and these larger adult teeth grow through.

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*Important COVID update*

As we head into another (hopefully shorter) lockdown we would like to remind everyone that wildlife rescue is an essential service and is not restricted. So please do not hesitate to call us if you find a bat alone during the day. Our phone volunteers can arrange for contact free rescues to ensure all social distancing requirements are met and everyone stays safe.

Pictured are Taco and Nachos flaunting social distancing requirements. These two baby flying foxes are from the same household though so are allowed to cuddle to their hearts content.

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This big eyed beauty is Tandoori, a female little red flying fox. She was rescued off barbed wire from a rural property by our friends at Bat Care Capricornia. She was transported down to us for treatment so she can stay with our other little reds in care. She is one of the lucky ones, only caught by one barb and called in early by a caring person. Unfortunately countless animals are not as lucky as Tandoori and are left to suffer and die on these fences. If you are driving in rural or urban areas, please keep an eye out for animals caught on barbed wire. Don’t assume someone else will stop and call them in because they likely will not. Tandoori has some damage to her wing that will heal well in our care. She will be released back into the wild once her wing has fully healed.

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Last week one of our rescuers made the long trip up to Rockhampton and back to Brisbane to pick up some new rescues. Our friends at Bat Care Capricornia are having ongoing issues and are at capacity with orphans and rehab flying foxes. We agreed to transport 6 orphans and 2 adult little reds to our carers to help ease their load. The orphans seem to be linked to the ‘abandonment’ event that is ongoing in Rockhampton. These babies are being left in the camps by their Mums who are then not able to return to them. After a few days these babies grow weak enough that they fall from the trees and are able to be rescued. We are thrilled to report that the 6 extremely skinny babies are thriving and putting on weight. They are being fed a special high fat and protein smoothie mix which they are thoroughly enjoying. The two little reds were barbed wire rescues and both are expected to make a full recovery.

A massive thank you to those who donated to pay for fuel on our last trip and increased our capacity to undertake this transport.

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Welcome to today’s episode of baby bats try new fruit! Today we have Tortilla and Nachos trying a piece of honeydew melon. Tortillas video is a great example of why you don’t need to worry about these babies eating larger pieces of fruit. Flying foxes have flexible cheeks so they can stuff their little mouths with fruit and chew all of the juice out. In the wild these babies will be at the bottom of the pecking order so will need to quickly grab the largest piece of fruit they can and fly off to eat it. Having the ability to hold a large piece of fruit in their mouth will greatly help them once released!

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This gentle giant is Atlas, a male black flying fox who managed to impale his wing on a sheathed palm frond. The homeowner saw him hanging in his palm during the day and realising something was not right, gave us a call straight away. We are so glad that they did because this sweet boy was overheating in the sun as he struggled to free his very trapped wing. It was a tricky rescue, as the palm he was at the top of couldn’t support the weight of a ladder. After a bit of fiddling the rescuers were able to cut the frond we was trapped on and get him down. They immediately started trying to rehydrate him and get him cool by wetting his wings. Unlike humans, bats can’t sweat so they can’t cool down through evaporative cooling like we can. Wetting their wings simulates sweating which helps to cool them, particularly if there is a breeze. Atlas has done a number on his wing while trying to pull himself free and also injured his mouth while trying to chew the frond. He will be spending a few weeks in a flight aviary to monitor how the hole in his wing heals. In the mean time he will have lots of batty company and enjoy our daily free fruit buffet. As you can see, banana is his favourite of our selection!

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* Important information *

We stress the importance of not touching bats and always ringing us, or your local wildlife rescue, if you find a bat alone during the day. Unfortunately there have been multiple cases recently where people have attempted to care for bats they have found themselves with negative outcomes for these animals. All of our rescuers and rehabilitators are fully vaccinated against ABLV with regular testing showing high immunity. Additionally, bat care is specialised and requires a great deal of knowledge and experience. Our rescuers and rehabilitators attend workshops and training every year, some of which are conducted by vets. Wildlife should never be attempted to be cared for by members of the public. In this day and age it is easy to do a quick google search to find your nearest wildlife rehab to get the animal the help it needs.

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This charming boy is Harry Moo, a black flying fox. Harry Moo was discovered in the most undignified of positions, face down in his own vomit. We suspect Harry Moo had been hit by a car a few days prior and in his concussed state had tried to feed on some green cocos palm seeds. These seeds are poisonous to many animals so his little belly couldn’t take them. Thankfully the homeowners found him on their lawn and gave us a call straight away. Harry Moo was in a sorry state and was very cranky and confused. After a couple of days of our premium breakfast in bed service, his true sweet and cheeky personality shone through. It’s been a slow recovery for this lovely boy with lots of bed rest and longer and longer stints hanging up. He’s now hanging full time and it won’t be long until he can go to the flight aviary to finish his recovery and regain his flight fitness in preparation for release.

Harry Moo was symbolically adopted and named in honour of a much-loved pooch who has passed. What a lovely way to remember Harry Moo.

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