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