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3-Week-Old Flying Fox is Rescued from Roadside After Losing Mom (Video)


Ruby is almost too cute for words. Her story raises awareness about human impacts affecting migratory and avian species, but it also raises hope about a mutual compassion between human rescuer and abandoned animal. Animals can be rehabilitated, and rehabilitation is extra amazing when species like the red flying fox bond with their human caretakers. This little fox will be released back into the wild into a colony of red flying foxes. (The success rate for these rescued critters is very high!)

Read Ruby’s complete story below:

Ruby was born on the side of the road in Qld, Australia and she would have surely died if not for the dedicated volunteers from ‘Bat Conservation & Rescue Qld.’ Ruby’s carer (Denise Wade), was quick to attend to Ruby’s needs becoming the orphaned bat’s replacement mother.

Juvenile flying foxes require a lot of time, attention and affection to survive. They form very close bonds and will often vocalise to communicate with their new carers.

During her time in care Ruby will learn to fly, socialise with other bats in care, develop her independence and eventually be released to join a wild colony of little red flying foxes.

Flying foxes are a keystone species in Australia, responsible for the pollination of native forests, and the propagation of new plant growth via seed dispersal. Despite their ecological importance they are currently under threat in Australia due to loss of habitat, urbanisation and a negative image in the media.

You can help: www.bats.org.au

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12:29AM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

I had a nasty experience with a bat when I was small so have always been horrified by them. Calling this species a Flying Fox somehow persuaded me to watch the video.
Thank you very much - like birds and moths they are valuable pollinators...

7:28AM PDT on Jul 11, 2014

thanks

7:16AM PDT on Jul 3, 2014

Thanks for sharing! I'm glad Ruby was rescued but I'm sorry she lost her mother.

7:55AM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

cool

8:56PM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

What a beautiful baby. She is a doll. Thanks for sharing.

10:21PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

Great news for Ruby! Much thanks to those who saved her.
I also live in QLD, AUS. and I would not touch one unfortunately because they now carry the Hendra virus, which has a high death rate for humans and other animals, if they are scratched or biten by one. It's not their fault that they now carry this virus, and they are loving, smart and cheeky mammals. Let's hope for their sake there is a cure soon.

1:32PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

wow..awesome

9:19AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

Thanks

11:50AM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

Ruby is adorable. I'm so sorry she lost her mom :(

10:14AM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

:)

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