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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Alicia N.
Alicia N3 years ago

how precious tiny baby
THANK U for this awesome video

Magdalena J.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you!

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

Awwww.. Ruby is such a little cutie!

heather g.
heather g3 years ago

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...

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga3 years ago


Annabelle T.
Annabelle T3 years ago

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

Slava R.
Slava R3 years ago


Jennifer H.
Jennifer H3 years ago

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

Rhonda C.
.3 years ago

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.

Latonya W.
Latonya W3 years ago