wildlife carers' surprise as baby bat is born at centre
at Secret World Wildlife Rescue near Burnham-On-Sea were surprised
this week when one of the bats in care gave birth.
pipistrelle bat has been in the care of Secret World since December
and was brought in, having been disturbed from hibernation and found
to be severely underweight too underweight to be released
the bat was recovering, staff were surprised by how many mealworms
she was eating double the amount for a bat of her size and
is thought that the bat was pregnant when she came to Secret World
last year is now being kept in a warm vivarium triggered the fertilisation.
World animal carer Sarah Tingvoll, pictured below, who is
caring for the young bat, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We kept
her on her own away from the other male bats we had in. She was
scoffing all her food, eating double the amount the other bats were,
but last Sunday it made sense why. We spotted a baby had appeared!"
and baby will stay at Secret World until April and we will take
them to a flight pen before releasing them. The baby needs to learn
to fly and self-feed from live food and the mum will need to build
strength back up, so a period in a purpose-built flight pen will
enable them to do this. Then a suitable release site will be found."
bat is keeping its baby tucked away under its wing, hidden from
view. In 2017 Secret World rescued 119 bats, including a rare grey
of the public who would like advice on how to look after wild animals
or would like to report injured wildlife should call 01278 783 250.