There are many reasons why bats come into care, for example:

  • They are brought in by domesticated cats and dogs
  • They are brought in because they are found on the ground/exposed during the day (this is not where they should be)
  • They have fractures to their very delicate bones, generally to the forearm
  • They have torn membranes – wing damage
  • They have been electrocuted/severe burns
  • They have Alopecia – fur/hair loss
  • They are Anaemic
  • They are about to give birth
  • They are very thin
  • They are still pups – baby bats are called pups
  • They can land in dog/animal water-bowls and swimming pools and need assistance and drying out before they can be released that evening (depending once again on weather conditions/season, and condition of the bat).  They have come down for a drink and, unfortunately, cannot fly back out again once water-logged

So with just a short time generally in care, the bats can be placed back into the wild once again.

Case Study: Torn membrane

Torn membranes


This is a photograph taken by Dr Lindy Lumsden of the torn membrane of a bat’s wing, possibly caused by a cat attack or impact with a sharp object.

The tear healed completely within 20 days.

(In some instances, torn membranes may take up to 8 weeks to completely heal – Lollar & French)

Case Study: Gould’s Wattled Bat handed into Marion Vet Clinic

Torn membranes


Female Gould’s Wattled Bat handed into Marion Vet Clinic on 24 September 2010.

Severe membrane damage/tears through possible cat/bird attack.

Severely dehydrated & underweight.

Passed away that night.

This bat was forwarded for Australian Bat Lyssavirus testing.

The results from the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) were negative for this Virus.