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Blossom the Bat Rescued After Cat Attack (Video)

“Blossom is a rare species of Australian bat who recently came into care following a suspected cat attack. During her time with bat carer Louise Saunders from Bat Conservation & Rescue Qld, little Blossom recovered and was eventually released back into the wild.

Blossom was still a baby when she came into care and was fed a nectar mix recipe and the occasional milk formula which is fed to other baby flying foxes. Over time she gradually gained weight and began to practice flying during the night. Often Blossom would dart in and out of rooms and even hover above Louise as she slept before retiring to her little brown bag at dawn.

In over 18 years of bat rescues, Louise has never come across a Blossom bat. They are the smallest flying fox in the world and lead very secret lives.

When asked about Blossom, Louise stated:

‘It was the best bat experience of my life without a doubt and the decision to release her was a terrible one for me, but it was the right decision for Blossom. With banana, banksia, melaleuca and eucalypt flowers, and a whole new family to catch up with I’m sure she won’t be missing me like I miss her.’

Blossom bats are nectar specialists which feed and groom themselves with the aid of their long tongues. Blossom bats are known to hover in front of flowers as they forage and are important pollinators of many rainforest plants.

Blossom bats are currently under threat due to loss of feeding and roosting habitat from clearing of forests for agriculture and housing estates

Blossom was released on Macleay Island in Qld, Australia.”

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1:05AM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

7:19PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

It's so nice to see a healing and release of something wild. Because she was so cute some people would try to keep her as a pet and that wouldn't have been good for her. Who knows, maybe Bloosom will come back for a night visit. Love this story.

1:28PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

? why disparage cats

6:24AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Hope she has a happy life :)

11:59PM PDT on Jun 24, 2013

Uber-cute!

3:17PM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

SO cute!

12:00PM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

Great video & story. Very cute Blossom bat!

11:44AM PDT on Jun 23, 2013

Good job Louise ! I am proud ..

6:13AM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Must have been tough to let go of such a pretty thing.

1:16AM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

awesome

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