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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Although the main orphan activity is now behind us, babies born late in the season are still trickling in. Two week old black flying-fox Andrew is one of our new arrivals this week. His cries were heard high up in a palm tree. The palm tree was located very close to powerlines, which would have been too dangerous for our volunteer to attempt a pole rescue. We are very grateful to Energex for attending promptly with their cherry-picker and bringing Andrew (named after his rescuer) very gently down to safety.

We presume that Andrew’s mother was electrocuted, although we could not find her anywhere. Poor Andrew has a small burn on one wing, which has been checked by a vet at RSPCA. Andrew is now settling in and being fussed over by his devoted carer.

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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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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“Bat caught on barbed wire” is unfortunately one of the most common calls our rescue hotline receives. The strands of fencing are invisible at night, trapping bats and other nocturnal wildlife who inadvertently encounter the wires while they are foraging for food. Unless they are found and rescued, barbed wire victims suffer a long and painful death from exposure, starvation or predation.

The degree to which bats are entangled varies enormously. Frantic struggling to free themselves can involve multiple barbs and additional injuries. Sadly, many bats that we rescue from barbed wire cannot be rehabilitated due to the severity of their injuries and therefore must be humanely euthanased. The little red flying-fox shown in this recent rescue was not too badly snagged. Within minutes he was removed from the fence, receiving a welcome sweet drink.

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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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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Poor Bananarama, a skinny young black flying-fox, spent a few days in a banana tree before he was rescued. He was a bit the worse for wear and had either crash landed into it, or had squabbled with another bat over the bananas. In addition, he had come to grief on one of the bay islands, which is a tricky place for our volunteers to attend.

Eventually, Bananarama was retrieved and securely tucked into a transport crate. His rescuer then boarded an early morning ferry service back to the city - along with 200 children heading to school. With the cabin packed full of passengers, the ferry’s air-conditioning system struggled in the summer heat. Gradually the distinctive scent of flying-fox wafted into every corner. Teenagers lifted their heads from their phones, sniffing the air, nudging each other and nodding meaningfully in the direction of the hapless passenger they suspected to be the source. Our rescuer managed to appear equally mystified by the pong, while inwardly having a good laugh. Meanwhile the smelly culprit snoozed in the crate at her feet, blissfully unaware of the stir he had caused! As the old song goes, “it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it!” 😄

Bananarama eagerly scoffed banana smoothie on his first day, and a dish of pawpaw so we hope he will soon regain his weight and strength.

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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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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While stealing some juicy mangoes from a backyard tree, this handsome villain named Ned Kelly took a wrong turn and somehow ended up inside the house next door. He desperately tried to find his way out, rearranging the décor as he went. It is hard to say whether Ned or the homeowner got the biggest fright from this accidental home invasion! Our rescuer retrieved the grumpy intruder from the curtains and transported him to the RSPCA for assessment. Ned fortunately did not injure himself or suffer concussion. He will be released very soon – and hopefully will return to bush ranging instead of petty crime and vandalism 😉!

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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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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Platinum, a petite girl, and Diamond, a lovely boy came into care after ingesting an unknown toxin that causes paralysis syndrome. Sadly, Platinum and Diamond are just two of many flying-foxes we are currently caring for who are suffering from this condition. Large numbers of lorikeets, that are similarly paralysed and unable to fly, are also being reported daily. A multi-disciplinary team is working to find the cause of this syndrome which occurs in areas of S.E. Queensland and northern NSW every year, particularly during summer months.

In the meantime, Platinum and Diamond have progressed from being syringe-fed to being able to help themselves to a nutritious smoothie blend from a food bowl (and make a lovely mess of themselves in the process!) Their journey to release is still a long road ahead, but they are well on their way.

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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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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If there are speed records for wildlife rescues, we believe this one qualifies! At 6.04 am a young flying-fox entangled on barbed wire was reported at a local racecourse. Within 20 minutes our member had attended and rescued Blaine. It took a further 20 minutes to examine, administer first aid and settle the patient into her new temporary home. Our speedy and efficient rescuer then reported for duty at her place of work at 7 am!

Barbed wire is a common hazard for wildlife, particularly nocturnal species, because the strands are invisible at night. Fortunately, Blaine was not badly entangled and we are optimistic that she will make a full recovery from her injuries.

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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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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Reed was found lying dazed on the ground, entangled in some of the reeds nearby. He weighs over 800 gm, which is an excellent weight for an adult male black flying-fox. It is a mystery how Reed got himself into such a predicament. It is possible he suffered a concussion during bad storm activity in the area the previous evening. Reed is now feeling much better and making good progress in his recovery.

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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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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When little Lute’s mum didn’t make it back to the colony, Lute bravely decided to try and follow the other bats when they flew out to feed. Fortunately, she ended up at the house of very caring humans who live nearby! When Lute started climbing their fence and looking like she may end up in a yard with dogs, they called our rescue hotline and contained her safely beneath a laundry basket.

Lute quickly settled into care, relieved to have a full tummy. Lute’s body condition tells us that she had been alone for some time. Sadly, whatever misadventure prevented her mum from returning occurred some days ago. Lute is incredibly lucky to have a second chance at life.

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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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 greedy boy, named Alexander, took an instant liking to the generous welcome snack offered by his rescuer. Who wouldn’t enjoy lying in a comfortable bed being hand-fed grapes?!

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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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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We hope that you will enjoy this short gallery of adorable baby photos taken earlier in the season. These little ones, and dozens more, were hand-raised by our amazing team of dedicated volunteers. Most of our flying-fox orphans are now at the age where they are grouped together in large aviaries, transitioning towards their return to the wild.

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If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. PLEASE 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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