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

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All donations of $2.00 and over are tax deductible.

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Sasha is another young black flying fox who got confused with lights and plants and found herself on a balcony in a leafy area on the river. Thank you to the lovely caller for giving us a call to rescue her. Luckily she had no major injuries. She was a big fan of banana smoothie while in care! She stayed in care until we were sure she was in great condition and she’s now flying free performing her important role of pollination and seed dispersal.

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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We’re getting to our busy time of year when our bats start birthing. Baby flying foxes can get separated from their mothers for a plethora of reasons so it’s important that we all keep an eye, or an ear, out. Many times when we are called, the member of the public has heard the baby calling and followed the sound. The sound is similar to a cricket so please do check if you hear a strange call, you may just save the life of a baby flying fox. If you do locate a baby, don’t touch them and give us, or your closest wildlife rescue, a call immediately.

Please share this so more people can learn what a baby sounds like and we can save more little lives this season ❤️

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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Dear Andrea is very lucky young black flying fox. She was spotted in a tree in a church car park in an inner suburb and she was very poorly. She had a nasty fungal infection of her wing membrane. Happily this is very treatable, although it’s a painful condition until it starts to heal. She’s recovering well and will remain in care for some time until all traces of the infection are gone. Thank you to the kind person who called us about her. You saved her life!

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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An update on our very early out-of-season black flying fox orphan, Tidlig. 🦇
He is now six weeks old and progressing as expected. ❤
Thankfully he’s still the only orphan we have in care and hasn’t been the harbinger of a lot of out-of-season babies. The adult girls we are rescuing are heavily pregnant, as is normal for this time.

It won’t be long, sadly, before we start receiving calls for flying fox babies in need of rescue. Please call in any bat you might see alone in the daytime. A bat that has passed could be a mother with a tiny alive baby clinging to her, hidden away under her wing. Please *listen* as well as look. Tidlig was *heard* at first, not seen. You could save a precious life. ❤

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 absolute sweetheart is Nova, a sub adult black flying fox. Nova had found some delicious flowering grevillea to feed on when she went to take off and flew in to a barbed wire fence. Nova struggled and struggled but couldn’t get her entangled wing free. Here she stayed until the homeowner spotted her in the morning and gave us a call. Poor Nova had serious injuries to her wing and her mouth from trying to chew herself free. The barbed wire she was entangled on served no purpose, the homeowner had not replaced the fence from previous owners. This is a good reminder to prioritise removing barbed wire fences that are completely unnecessary! Nova will be spending many weeks in our care to heal her wing and mouth. We are so thankful that she was spotted and that the homeowner did call us to rescue her.

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 lucky boy is Galileo, a subadult black flying fox. Galileo was out foraging for the night when he flew straight into a barbed wire fence at a storage facility, getting his wing badly entangled! He pulled and pulled and tried to chew himself free to no avail. The next afternoon a couple were accessing their storage unit when they noticed Galileo hanging there looking very distressed. Thankfully they gave us a call to rescue him. Galileo was in shock from his traumatic ordeal and his injuries. His rehabber quickly got to work trying to stabilise him. Although touch and go at first, Galileo pulled through and is now enjoying hanging outside with other bats in care. His wing injuries are extensive so he will need to stay in our care for quite some time.

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 sweet young man is Felix, a black flying fox, and he’s already had some (mis)adventures in his short life. The caring person who called us saw him low to the ground amongst some bushes trying to climb an air conditioning unit. He has some older injuries that are already healing and we’re not sure why he found himself in need of rescue on this occasion. In any case, he had a night in an ICU where he quaffed down a dish of banana, then a night indoors in a hospital cage, with papaw on the menu, then he moved to a flight aviary for further R&R. Look how pleased he is to be outside! He’s cleaning his wings, having a scratch and a swing! And a fruit buffet to look forward to at night.

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 stunning girl is Hera and she is positively glowing in her heavily pregnant state! Hera was hit by a car at night and the driver did not stop. As luck would have it a compassionate man walking his dog spotted her struggling to get off the road and rushed over. As an additional stroke of luck, someone had just thrown out a plastic tub and this lovely man was able to place this tub over Hera. Poor Hera does have some serious injuries and her carer was very concerned she may lose her baby. We are so pleased to say that Hera has now been in care long enough that this is no longer a risk. Shout out to the lovely dog walker who didn’t just save one life that night, he saved two.

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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Jamie was found early one morning in the carpark area of an inner suburb commercial area. Without touching her, this kind man safely bundled her off the roadway into a small garden bed, pictured courtesy Google maps street view, then called us to come and rescue her. Thank you!
She’s a subadult meaning she’s maybe around 18 months old. Being under that large tree suggests Jamie may have been in a scuffle the night before with another bat or a possum. She has some scrapes - you can see one on her thumb - but thankfully no serious injuries.
She’s recovering well and will be released as soon as her scrapes have fully healed.

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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Robin is another young girl who may have flown into a glass pool fence. She was found hanging in a low bush in a backyard with a pool with this type of fence. Thanks to the caring family for calling us to help her. ❤
Luckily Robin was dazed but otherwise uninjured. She only needed one night in an ICU then she joined the other recuperating flying foxes in a flight aviary. She’ll stay there a little while just to make sure all is well, then will be released to continue her important role of pollination and seed dispersal of our native plant species.

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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