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Copyright Paul Buchel
Finding a bat out in the open on the ground or a wall in daylight is unusual and the bat is probably in trouble. The bat will cold to the touch because it is torpid
Many people assume a small animal must be young but this is not necessarily the case. Baby bats are born pink and without fur, gradually fur grows along the back and eventually down the chest and belly. A baby will also not have fully developed teeth. If you think that the bat you have found is a baby then the best thing for it is to first of all try to get it back to its mother.
Most bats found grounded are dehydrated and cannot swallow or chew properly. To test for dehydration gently pinch a fold of skin up over the shoulder blades - a healthy animalís skin will drop back again immediately.
If the bat is dehydrated or has obvious injuries then put it in a soft cloth and put it in a box somewhere quiet and call the BATLINE 082 445 0585.
If the bat has no obvious injuries and is not dehydrated then keep it in a soft cloth in a box during the day and try to release it that evening. Place a little water in a shallow jar lid in the box so the bat can drink.
To release a bat which can survive on its own then do so as soon as possible after dusk and near to the place you found it. Place the bat on a ledge as high as possible to allow it to drop before starting to fly. It may need to sit for up to 30 minutes to warm up and examine its environment before starting to fly. Don't release a torpid bat: if it doesnít warm naturally (most bats will warm themselves in the late afternoon) then place it on a hot water bottle or heating pad for an hour before releasing.
If the bat will not fly after 30 minutes, or if it tries to take off but can not fly then put it back in the box and call the BATLINE 082 445 0585.
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