Saturday, August 7, 2010

Gremlin bat dropped by mum in flight nursed back to health

One-week-old Cruella may look a bit scary but in reality she is highly vulnerable.

The baby brown long-eared bat in the care of Secret World Wildlife Rescue at East Huntspill near Highbridge in Somerset, was found by a member of the public in Minehead after it is believed her mother dropped her during flight.

Having been assessed by vets, Cruella will undergo rehabilitation at the rescue centre as one of more than 400 wildlife casualties to be cared for by the charity each year.

Debbie O'Keefe, of Secret World, said: 'The biggest challenge is getting her to self feed and keep muscle condition to sustain flight for long periods of time.'

Cruella is predicted to be flying within four weeks and could be released by the end of the summer.

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