July 2, 2014

Struggling with emotions

Posted in Bat Work, July tagged , , , at 12:13 pm by viewfromthisdesk

I was really looking forward to writing this post, I was so excited to tell you about a new direction my life has taken, and then it all went horribly wrong.  You all know about my bat work and this season I’ve decided to also take on bat care.  Someone else will play taxi but I’ll be the one looking after the little thing.

Our first bat at Evesham Bat Care (gotta have a zippy name to help fundraising!) was Absinthe; she was a Pipistrelle who had been badly mauled by a cat.  She died overnight from her injuries and it was no surprise.  She was heavily pregnant and her torso was massively bruised, so the shock would have done her in.

Our third bat was Marley.  She was a female Serotine, who would have given birth in the last few weeks.  She too had been gotten by a cat, but she hadn’t been found until early afternoon, so she was hugely dehydrated, very cold and her one wing was just lace work really.  She would never have been able to fly again, but nature took over and after a big drink and half a meal worm, she died overnight too.

Our second bat was Bollinger. He was a juvenile Serotine too. He was found in the pub car park of a rock bar.  They named him Bruce.  We assume after Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden.


He was taken in on Saturday 21st June and he spent his first night elsewhere and I took him in on the Sunday.  This picture was taken yesterday (Tuesday 1st) and this was the first time he had stretched both wings out at the same time.  He was very little and had no teeth when he arrived, he was a proper young ‘un as it were.  I fed him four times a day and took him to work and everything.   He was a gorgeous little fella and everyone who met him loved him.  He had his own facebook page and was gathering followers at a rapid rate!  I had him for ten days and was chatting to another bat carer about time scales for flight testing him.  But then he died suddenly yesterday morning.  I was gutted.  I honestly thought he was going to make it.

So I’ve been dealing with the high of having a new direction, a new focus and the joy of seeing Bollinger grow and learn new skills, but then the heart break of him suddenly passing.  He was a total cutie and taught me so much.  I shall miss him – which is daft because I was happily planning releasing him – but this was so cruel, so sudden.

Who knows what bat number four will be or what state, but I hope the outcome of them will be more positive.