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Old 19-02-2008, 08:50 PM
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I found a little bat...

As the title says, today I found a little bat. Found it lying on a concrete floor beside a building in my neighborhood. It was totaly still, just breeding. I took it home with me, and now it's in a shoe box with a piece of wood on which it hangs. It changed positions in the box before I put that piece of wood.

I don't know what to do with him. I don't know what it's species eat, if they drink watter... He's about 4.5cm-5cm long. Looks like these here Common Pipistrelle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia , so I suppose it's adult. Haven't flown at all since I took it in my hands and brought it home.

What should I do??
Just don't say see animal care societies because they don't know xexexexexe here, they are just for dogs and cats.
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Old 19-02-2008, 09:32 PM
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Re: I found a little bat...

Hi razorclaw first a warm welcome to the site,about your bat i dont know a thing about bats,i do know they are a protected animal,wont the rspca help you,other than that i havnt a clue,some one on here will be with you to help i am sure,enjoy your stay and good luck with batty.
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Re: I found a little bat...

Hi,

I'm sure someone will put me right, but shouldn't it be hibernating at this time of year.

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Old 19-02-2008, 10:38 PM
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Re: I found a little bat...

Some bats have started to come out already but most are still hiding. Id try for a local bat group. There will be one around. Contact your local RSPCA office for a number of one.

Do you know of any bat roosts near you that it may have come from?
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Old 19-02-2008, 10:51 PM
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Re: I found a little bat...

The Bat Conservation Trust have a helpline: 0845 1300 228. They would probably be the best people to advise you.

In the meantime, just keep it warm, offer it some water...but just soak a piece of cotton wool as it could drown or get wet and cold in a bowl of water. If you can get some, they will eat mealworms (or their insides)... try offering them up to its mouth using a pair of tweezers.
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Old 19-02-2008, 11:02 PM
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Re: I found a little bat...

Hi Razorclaw and welcome to the site. With the mild weather we have had its not unusual to already find bats out and about. The best course of action would be to get in touch with your local bat group which you should be able to track down via the RSPCA or your local wildlife trust.

Alternatively you maybe able to find a local group at Bat Groups

In the meantime you can give it small drops of water and cut up mealworms to keep it going.

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Re: I found a little bat...

I found it beside a building about 150 meters from the place I live in. Yesterday I looked around to see what I could find around the place I found it. Nothing, apart from noticing a boarded basement window, from which he could have crawled out off. The other basement windows have holes big enough for cats to get it.
Should I put him in the basement or in an abandoned home I found about 100 meters from the place I found him.
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Re: I found a little bat...

Im not 100% sure but i wouldnt try and put it back. Without actually knowing or seeing the roost it came from you wont know it got back and its better with you or the batgroup than alone. So i would wait until you contact the bat group who will take it off your hands and if it flying ok will release it i spose.
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The Bat Conservation Trust have a helpline: 0845 1300 228. They would probably be the best people to advise you.
I absolutely 100% recommend this course of action - looking after bats is difficult and specialist.
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Re: I found a little bat...

Hopefully the bat has been sorted out by now. we have already dealt with 2 brought into the wildlife hospital hospital, we are lucky to have bat workers who will take the bats and give them the correct treatment. For bats found this time of year they recomend keeping them in a cool atmosphere, not warm as this will make them become more active and they should still be hiberating. You can offer them a drink of water, it is best to use a small soft bristle paint brush (childs brush best) shake off any excess water and they may drink readily or not. I wouldn't use cotton wool because it has small fibres that can easily come loose and may cause an obstruction.Hope this may help.
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