Baby bat gets high-wire rescue

This little pup Ellie, a three-week-old grey-headed flying fox who hadn’t yet learnt to fly, was recently rescued by a Country Energy worker after hanging for 36 hours on a powerline without her mum.

WIRES got the rescue call from Wyrallah resident Sue-Ellen last week, who said the baby bat was chittering back to the squeaky farm gate every time she opened it. WIRES then phoned Country Energy, who sent out a worker to rescue the little pup.

She was then delivered into the hands of WIRES carer Lib Ruytenberg

“A couple of days before Ellie came in there was a black flying fox who I took into care that was injured on orchard netting,” Lib said. “She was a lactating mum and I wondered if she would adopt little Ellie. I showed Ellie to the mother and she immediately took the baby under her wing. So now they have each other.”

Lib said at this time of year if anyone sees a dead adult bat on a powerline there could in fact be a baby on board and people should check for signs of movement. If you see any movement, people should immediately phone the WIRES hotline on 6628 1898.

And remember, WIRES is always looking for more volunteers to help in a range of areas, from caring to fundraising. If you can help, phone the above number.


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