Sunday, 19 April 2009

first grounded bat of 2009

By shear coincidence, just the day after an enjoyable night at the RSPB Ynys Hir Reserve watching (and failing to catch!) bats, I had a call from a householder in nearby Eglwys Fach. The lady had "a small bat" which her son found in their garden. It was active but "appeared to have twisted wing".
Annette and I visited to find a slightly drowsy male common pipistrelle. Sadly, the bat had a very badly broken forearm, and fresh puncture marks in its wing - a likely result of an encounter with a cat. These are unrecoverable injuries, so the bat was humanely euthanased.
No sign of a roost was found, but early emerging bats were flying over the house so there must be a roost not far away...
Hopefully there won't be too many more of these this year.

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