Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite, back by popular demand. It was originally posted on March 7, 2014. Enjoy!
These baby bats, all orphans, are being taken care of by a wonderful woman a few select volunteers in Australia. Once they’re old enough and strong enough, they’ll be released back into the wild to live full, happy lives.
From the description on the video:
Trish Wimberley looks after hundreds of orphaned baby bats and rears them until they can be released into the wild. It’s a tireless, never ending job which keeps her awake all hours (she apparently went 3 nights without sleeping once). A typical day may include feeding (the food is about $1000 a week), health checks, doing their laundry (the dryer and washing machine electricity bill costs up to $8000 every 3 or 4 months!), bat transportation for release — everything they need in order to survive. You’d think she’d need an army of people to help but she makes do with only a few loyal volunteers. It just goes to show, motherhood can transcend between all species and Trish is happy playing that role to assist a creature that is vital to the Australian ecosystem.
This video only shows a small section of the hospital. As the bats get ready to return to the wild they are moved to soft release exhibits.
Photo from YouTube screenshot