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!

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Another lovely release video this week, this time for Harry Moo! We shared Harry’s story a few weeks ago. He was found on the ground in a backyard, facedown in his own vomit. Not Harry’s finest moment but thankfully he was spotted and we could rescue him and take him into our care. We suspect Harry may have been hit by a car a couple of days prior and sustained a concussion. Poor Harry was, understandably, feeling awful and pretty sorry for himself. His carer treated him to a couple of weeks of his favourite pawpaw and mango in bed and he slowly started to feel like himself again. Harry was rehabilitated with some older orphaned flying foxes. He was a gentleman to the little ladies but would show a bit of sass stealing fruit from the boys when they turned their backs. Once Harry gained enough strength he went to a flight aviary where he had other adult bats to converse and interact with. Harry has spent the past few weeks here regaining his flight fitness and doing the last of his recovering before his release.

Safe travels Harry Moo!

We release flying foxes during the day directly into their local colony. This gives them time to get their bearing and settle before they need to worry about foraging for the night.

Remember that any bat by itself during the day is in need of help. Don’t touch the bat and give us a call immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue for other regions. ‬‬
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This little cherub is Elote, a female baby black flying fox. Elote has had a tough go in her short 8 weeks of life so far. She was seen by a homeowner dragging herself across the road during the day. Not thinking much of this, the homeowner didn’t call a wildlife rescue. A couple of days later the homeowner heard what she thought was Elote crying from her front shrub at night. The homeowner then gave us a call to rescue her. When our rescuers arrived Elote was nowhere to be found. They walked around nearby streets playing flying fox calls for over half an hour before they heard a faint cry coming from the end of a street. There they found Elote around 6m up a skinny palm tree. They were able to use a ladder and telescopic pole to retrieve her. Once they assessed her, they could see how critically thin and dehydrated little Elote was. They rushed her home to give her fluids and get something in her belly. Elote is the skinniest baby this carer had seen this season so it’s a small miracle she’s managed to survive for so long. We get a few skinny babies like Elote each season where we suspect something has happened to their mum and the babies leave the colony out of desperation when she never returns. These babies are unable to fly (or fly very well) so are found very close to their colony. Elote was so thin her little belly had contracted to the extent she could only manage to eat 2ml of special smoothie mix at a time. For the first few days her carer fed her these tiny amounts every hour or 2 through the day to try and get some weight on her very skinny form. We are very pleased to report that against all odds little Elote has been piling on weight and is starting to act as a normal baby her age should. She is curious, active and is, very importantly, practicing her flapping, as she will soon be flying.

We are so incredibly glad that the homeowner called us when they did as our rescuers got to her just in the nick of time. It is an important reminder to always call your local wildlife rescue as soon as you see an animal in distress.

Remember that any bat by itself during the day is in need of help. Don’t touch the bat and give us a call immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue for other regions. ‬‬
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By far our favourite part of rehabilitation is the release! Today we have a video of a grey headed flying fox boy Bruce being released. Bruce came into care after he ingested something toxic or poisonous which made him very unwell. Thankfully he was spotted hanging low in a backyard and we could take him into our care. Bruce was unwell for some time but he thoroughly enjoyed his banana smoothie in bed as he slowly regained his strength. Bruce has spent the past few weeks in the flight aviary doing the last of his healing. His original carer had the privilege of releasing him back to his local colony. Safe travels Bruce!

We release flying foxes during the day directly into their local colony. This gives them time to get their bearing and settle before they need to worry about foraging for the night.

Remember that any bat by itself during the day is in need of help. Don’t touch the bat and give us a call immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue for other regions. ‬‬
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This is Rafa the Little Red Flying-fox, named after Rafa Nadal (before he lost at the Australian Open tennis). We think he ingested some sort of toxin, likely from some pond water he drank. Watery eyes is one symptom and you can still see traces of that in the first photo, although it’s much better than it was. By day 8, he was feeling well enough to be out of bed and to hang for a couple of hours. He has a way to go to regain his strength but, unlike his namesake, batty Rafa is going to be a winner. 🦇😍

If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. Don’t touch the bat and give us a call immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue in other regions.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
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This is Tikka, a male little red flying fox. Our rescuers recently had a mission of a rescue to find Tikka located somewhere within a local horse racing track. A vague location was communicated to us to so it took seven rescuers some time and a few laps around the racetrack to finally locate Tikka high in a tree. A flying fox by itself in a tree is not normal so our rescuers use a long extendable pole to retrieve Tikka and get him the help he needed. Tikka had some fresh holes in his wings and with an abundance of barbed wire in the area; we suspect Tikka has been caught on the barbs and managed to free himself or has had someone free him. Tikka was dehydrated, exhausted and injured so has been brought into our care for treatment as his prospects without care were grim. Thankfully the injuries to his wings will heal well in care and we expect Tikka to make a full recovery.

We always stress the importance of never handling or touching bats yourself. Although it can be confronting to see a bat entangled on barbed wire, it is very important that you call your closest wildlife rescue or us immediately to assist. Although flying fox wings heal remarkably well, they cannot heal everything. So our rescuers are trained to gently unwind and untangle membrane. A small sliver of viable membrane can be the difference between life and death for our bats so please leave this to the professionals. All bats rescued off barbed wire need to immediately come into care.

Remember that any bat by itself during the day is in need of help. Don’t touch the bat and give us a call immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue for other regions. ‬‬
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This lovely young man is Raziel, a sub-adult male black flying fox. Young Raziel was found on the ground by a homeowner who gave us a call once he was discovered. One of our rescuers was sent out to retrieve him and bring him to one of our carers. Raziel was underweight and had some puncture wounds on his wings and body. We suspect Raziel may have been grabbed by a predator, potentially a cat or a predatory bird. Thankfully Raziel dodged major injury and we expect he will make a full recovery. Being underweight, Raziel has been treated to our delicious high protein mango smoothie. As you can see he thoroughly enjoys it! Raziel will soon be moving onto a flight aviary where he will do the last of his healing before being released back into the wild.

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This very handsome young man is Rhys, a male black flying fox. We think Rhys has ingested something poisonous and ended up on the ground in the backyard of the house next to his colony. Unfortunately, this home had a number of dogs that slept outside at night who proceeded to jump on him. Thankfully the homeowner heard the commotion and restrained her dogs before they could grab Rhys. This would have been a great time to call us as we operate 24/7 but the homeowner did not realise this and used a hose to spray Rhys until he climbed up a palm tree. The next morning Rhys was still up in the palm tree and, thinking he was dead, the homeowner called the council to collect him. Council arrived and after some poking realised Rhys was still alive and we were then called in the late afternoon. Rhys had managed to climb around 6m up a very small and spindly fruiting palm tree which made his rescue very difficult. The rescuer had to balance on the ladder and use an extendable net to try and retrieve Rhys from the canopy of the palm. Once retrieved the rescuer could see that Rhys had no major injuries but he seemed quite unwell. The rescuer was also able to have a chat to the homeowner about things they could do differently if this situation happened again in the future. Like Dina who we posted recently, Rhys appears to have ingested the same toxin or poison and become unwell. Dina and Rhys were rescued on the same day by the same rescuer and brought into her care for treatment. They have improved and progressed together for the past couple of weeks and are now inseparable.

Rhys has been sponsored in honour of a human Rhys. Flying fox Rhys has shown incredible resilience overcoming not just ingesting something poisonous, but getting out of a tricky situation with the dogs. This is a resilience that is mirrored in his human counterpart. We wish human Rhys all the best!

Remember that any bat by itself during the day is in need of help. Don’t touch the bat and give us a call immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue for other regions. ‬‬
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This big boy is Beethoven, a black flying fox. Beethoven was discovered in a hole in a construction site that happened to be positioned below a mango tree. It’s the very start of our breeding season here for our black flying foxes so all of the eligible bachelors are trying their best to woo the receptive females. We suspect Beethoven may have become a little carried away and got into a tiff with another male. Unfortunately for Beethoven, his competitor was the winner and Beethoven has fallen from the tree and hit his head. Beethoven has sustained a suspected concussion so is a little out of it at the moment. But flying foxes heal very well from concussions so we expect Beethoven to be back out in the wild wooing the ladies in no time.

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This lovely old girl is Dina, a female black flying fox. Late one night some homeowners heard a big bang on their glass door. Not thinking much of it they investigated what had happened early the next morning. They found Dina hanging on their awning not looking too flash. They called us straight away and we sent one of our rescuers out. Unfortunately, by the time she arrived Dina had disappeared from her spot on the awning and was nowhere to be found. Hearing how the homeowners described Dina it was clear she was in great need of rescue so the rescuer started to search the large property. Around half an hour later the rescuer managed to spot Dina hanging in the low branches of a mango tree. Dina was very dehydrated and incredibly thin. It was clear that Dina had been unwell for some time and flying into the house had saved her life. We think Dina may have ingested something toxic or poisonous which has caused her to become very ill. Dina was touch and go for a few days as her carer tried to get her properly hydrated and start to put some weight onto her very emaciated form. Thankfully Dina has thrived in care and is piling on weight. She was very weak and on a strict smoothie diet for a couple of weeks but is now hanging and eating solid pieces of fruit. Dina will have a couple more weeks to regain her strength before going to a flight aviary to regain her flight fitness in preparation for release. Dina is pictured here with her bestie Rhys whose story we will also share shortly.

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