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Beautiful bats is the community for sharing stories, pictures and information about bats, their biology, conservation etc.

Come and hang out with fellow batty fans and discuss these cute flying mammals.

I am [personal profile] wolfpurplemoon, and my experience with bats comes from my mum being a licensed bat worker in my childhood which taught me a lot about them and gave me a lifelong appreciation for these often endangered and misunderstood creatures.

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Jun. 2nd, 2017 08:23 pm
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The Bat Conservation Trust have responded to a viral video of an Irish family trying to get a bat out of their kitchen.



When I watched it I was wincing at them throwing towels at it and allowing the dog in the room, and just making a lot of noise near the poor thing.

The Bat Conservation Trust says:

A lot of people have messaged us about the video below which has gone viral. Although we can understand why people might find this amusing, the bat is in distress. Here is some advice from our helpline

1. NEVER try to catch a bat in flight - this is dangerous for both the person and the bat. Bats could end up with broken bones or damaged wings

2. The best thing to do is to encourage a bat to leave a room by opening windows and doors wide, move objects from in front of them to give a clear line of sight/flight and turn off the lights (bats are nocturnal). More often than not the bat will use echolocation to find its way out.

Need Help with a Bat? http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/help.html
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Hurricane Harvey has put bats at risk, here’s why it matters.

On the grand scale of things, it may seem frivolous. While Houston is underwater and in the throngs of Herculean search and rescue efforts, wildlife experts are addressing the issue of imperiled bats.

The underside of the Waugh Bridge is home to a colony of 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats; as the Buffalo Bayou beneath it has risen, the bats have been trying to escape. Some have made it to surrounding buildings, others trying to flee have ended up in the water – struggling and drowning. Others, “too cold and wet to fly, simply remain in harm's way,” reports Popular Science. “Some of the bats did manage to get out. Others were found dead,” says Melissa Meierhofer, a wildlife researcher at the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute. “Some were being saved. They looked pretty wet.”

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Hundreds of squatters have been evicted from a house and are causing a huge flap...

That is because the squatters are actually a colony of around 600 bats who have taken up roost in a house, near Romily, Stockport .

Despite the best efforts of the owner to get rid of the unwanted visitors, conservationists also stepped in to help clear out the infestation.

Now, in a bid to help rehouse these creatures, the council has taken the unusual step of building a real-life ‘bat cave’ - a state of the art hut in nearby Etherow Country Park.

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🦇 Also: Too many bats are being killed for research
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Some people think they are cute and others find them creepy. Whether you are fascinated or fearful, the bottom line is it’s important to avoid coming into physical contact with bats, the primary carrier of the rabies virus in B.C.

Rabies is a very serious disease that affects the nervous system. It is almost always fatal if not treated in time. In 2016, 61 people in the Interior Health region were treated for potential exposure to rabies.

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Bat pups receive care after falling out of tree



Sixty-five Brazilian free-tailed bats and a white-tailed deer fawn were among the 176 animals admitted to the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida last week.

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We called the Russian wildlife biologist "Hagrid" because I couldn't pronounce his real name. At a pre-arranged time, Hagrid would emerge from the Siberian forest and wait for our call at the village's only pay phone. He would then tell my colleague Andrej wonderful stories about his bats. Yes, bats. Andrej would translate the stories for me.

Bats are an underappreciated natural wonder. Flight powered by flapping wings has evolved only four times in the three and a half billion year history of life; first insects, then reptiles (some of the extinct flying pterosaurs were the size of small Cesnas), then birds, and most recently bats. (Read more)
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Denise Morgan is used to looking after a menagerie of injured wildlife.

It isn't often, however, that she has to care for animals that are so small they need to be weighed on a jeweller's scale and be looked at under a magnifying glass.

The Yass resident and Wildcare Queanbeyan volunteer cares for three injured microbats, and said the colder months could often be a dangerous time for the creatures.

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A string of state-of-the-art bat caves were being bolted to electricity pylons in Missionvale yesterday in a revolutionary initiative to combat the area’s rampant mosquito plague.

A team was on site on ladders yesterday, battling the wind and attaching the custom-made wood and iron boxes to the pylons along the salt pans in what is believed to be the first project of its kind globally.

The project was sparked by a report in The Herald in January on the nearby Mackay’s Ground shack settlement, where the community is under siege from marauding hordes of mosquitos.

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There were more people than there were chairs Tuesday when two experts talked about “Bats and Bones” in Cherokee Caverns on Oak Ridge Highway. Cave manager and noted spelunker Jim Whidby was joined by forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass.

Before the presentation the temperature outside was muggy and in the 80s, but inside the historic cavern it was about 58 degrees. Several people brought their own folding picnic chairs into the cave. The audience was made up of family members of all ages. (Read More)




Disease forces Devil's Lake State Park to cancel bat watches



A mysterious white fungus is decimating bat populations at Devil’s Lake State Park.

The fungus, pseudogymnoascus destructans, causes a disease known as white-nose syndrome in cave-dwelling bats. First documented in the United States in 2006, the disease has since spread from New York to the Midwest and Eastern Canada, killing an estimated 6 million bats along the way, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Devil’s Lake State Park naturalist Sue Johansen said the disease has had a drastic effect on the park’s population of little brown bats. In one year, the number of brown bats living in the park bat condo dropped from more than 200 to fewer than 20, she said. The dramatic decline forced park officials to cancel its summer bat watches. (Read More
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In 2016, Gayatri Sarang, a 35-year-old baker, earned the nickname 'Batmom'. Far from any connection to the Dark Knight, Sarang was foster parent to two baby bats, Athena and Bruce, who were rescued in Andheri and Vile Parle respectively. Having devoted four months to the pups, Sarang is now out with a booklet titled, Two Bats and a Girl, which takes readers through her endearing and challenging journey. (read more)
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ILOILO CITY—Conservationists have sought Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu’s help in declaring sections of Boracay Island in Aklan province as a wildlife sanctuary and protected area to save the local population of fruit bats.

In a letter last month, the Friends of the Flying Foxes (FFF) asked Cimatu to ensure the preservation of parts of Yapak village in the northern part of the 1,032-hectare island.

FFF is a group advocating the conservation of the golden-crowned flying fox (Aceradon jubatus), a fruit bat that is endemic to the Philippines but which has been categorized as among the endangered species worldwide under the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.

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NEOLA, Iowa (WOWT) -- A young group of Iowa students will take their invention to Washington, D.C. next week after being selected as one of the handful of standouts among 32,000 teams who entered.

Middle school students don’t usually mix with elementary kids – especially in the summer. The recipe works for this group of 8 as they hike the grounds at Arrowhead Park in Neola, Iowa.

The subject that has brought the 8th graders and 4th graders together is bats.

“The one we are researching is called the little brown bat,” said Michael Denning. (read more)
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When I became executive director of Bat Conservation International, I did so with a core belief: Within the broader world of conservation, the moment for the bats is now.

Recent headlines in conservation news only confirm that bats need our help more than ever before. In the Washington Post on March 23, we saw the tragic news that White-nose Syndrome has spread to Texas, in an article aptly titled “Merciless Fungus on the Move Again.” White-nose Syndrome has devastated bat populations throughout the northeastern United States, with many hibernacula suffering 99 percent population losses, and the fungus now threatens to spread to critical bat populations in Texas and across the American West.

In February, we saw news that confirms that wind turbines pose a substantial threat to migratory bats like the hoary bat. In that story, a peer-reviewed scientific study led by BCI Senior Director of Conservation Science Winifred Frick found that collisions with wind turbines could put the hoary bat, and other migratory bats, at risk of permanent extinction within 50 years.

That is why BCI’s work today is more important than ever. Working with government and industry partners, BCI is leading the charge to identify new technologies and management practices that reduce impacts of wind development on bats and give new hope to migratory bats like the hoary bat. BCI is on the cutting edge of research to give bats a chance at survival in the fight against White-nose Syndrome, funding scores of innovative studies and identifying new pathways to developing scientific breakthroughs.

With new hope in these key fights for survival, bats can have a brighter future. But it takes involvement from all of us. That’s why BCI is empowering local conservation leaders across the globe to protect bats where it matters most. In Fiji, where the critically endangered Fijian free-tailed bat relies on a vital maternity roost known as Nakanacagi Cave, BCI is working with local volunteer leaders to ensure habitat is protected for future generations. In Fiji, just as in Texas and across the West, the moment for bats is now. With your help, we will give our bats the help they need to survive.

Mike Daulton

BCI Executive Director

read more articles from Bats Magazine Volume 36, Issue 2, 2017
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HUDSON, Fla. -- A Florida fire-rescue crew has been evicted from its station by an invasion of bats.

The Tampa Bay Times reports anywhere from 500 to 1,000 bats found their way into the station in Pasco County, north of Tampa. The nocturnal winged critters have been found in several parts of the building and created an unsanitary and unsafe working environment. Officials are working with a trapper to remove them. (read more)




Bats are global reservoir for deadly coronaviruses



Finding could help researchers to better predict where these viruses are likely to make the jump from animals to people.

Bats are the major animal reservoir for coronaviruses worldwide, according to a survey of thousands of animals across Africa, Asia and the Americas. The animals had previously been linked to the coronaviruses that caused outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory virus (MERS), but until now researchers were not sure whether that was a coincidence or a sign of a broader trend. (read more)
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DOUGLAS COUNTY - Clint Hager is surprised to be here. I've always thought about trail maintenance or stuff like that, says the 24-year-old climber from Colorado Springs. But yeah, trapping bats. Never thought I'd be doing that.
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Wareham residents were going batty at the Wareham Land Trust’s building workshop Saturday morning, putting their construction skills to work to help neighborhood bats find homes.

The Wareham Land Trust held a bat house building workshop at the Wareham Free Library to reach out to the community and teach a project that would be useful for the area.

The workshop was led by Tom Kinsky, a member of the Land Trust. Kinsky said little brown bats are the most common in Wareham. Bats come out of hibernation in May and the bat houses can help them find safe places to roost, he said. (read more)

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