Post by Sharon Faulkner on Jun 17, 2006 9:50:22 GMT -5
Volunteers rescue baby bats after fall
Jun 17, 2006
MONROE -- When most people think of bats, they usually imagine them hanging upside down in a cave.
Few would imagine a bat lying on a kitchen table, much less 35 of them. But that's what happened to a family in the Monroe area of Amherst County on Tuesday afternoon.
A group of 35 baby big brown bats fell from their rooftop home and found themselves lying helpless on the ground.
"The problem is, the mothers can't pick them up off the ground when they've gotten that large," said Robin Eastham, a wildlife rehabilitator who helped rescue the bats. The mothers "can't launch themselves from the ground."
Eastham is a member of Wildlife Care Alliance, an organization of volunteers that provides care to orphaned, injured or at-risk wildlife in southwestern Virginia.
One of Eastham's friends in the organization, Rhonda Buck, was a neighbor of the family that found the bats. The baby bats were taken to Buck's kitchen table, where they were wrapped in towels and fed water to treat their dehydration.
Eventually the bats were placed in the bat house, which was taped to the side of the family's house. One by one, each bat's mother came to claim her offspring. "Each mother flew by, picked up her baby, and flew off," Eastham said.www.timesdispatch.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RTD%2FMGArticle%2FRTD_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1149188560002&path=