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Three Months After State-Wide Rescue Mission, Orphaned Baby Bat Released

Three months ago, in an event that puzzled wildlife carers, hundreds of bat pups were abandoned by their mothers at the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens. The number of bats that needed help was so massive, it overwhelmed local volunteers. It ended up taking three three groups from Brisbane and one from Townsville getting together to rescue all of these bats. 

Today, according to ABC News, "[m]ore than 70 baby black bats on the brink of starvation... are now being released into the wild after carer groups from across Queensland united in their rescue."

Read more of the story and check out pics of the adorable bats below.

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Awwdorable Bumblebee Bats: Smallest Bat In The World

The bumblebee bat, also known as Kitti's hog-nosed bat or Craseonycteris thonglongyai, is the smallest bat in the world and one of the smallest mammals in the world. It just so happens to be one of the cutest mammals in the world as well. It weighs about 0.07 oz, it grows up to about 1.3 inches, and it is endangered, so it's time to give it some love

These tiny creatures have a pig-like snout, and they're so small they can easily fit on the tip of your finger. Us, animal people, have a tendency to love any tiny animal, and this one is no exception. So, get to know these guys if you haven't heard of them yet, aww at their cuteness, and hope that there will be more of them as time goes on.

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Miniature Gallery Of Bats In Tiny Santa Hats

It's absolutely no secret that we are a tad bit obsessed with seeing animals in various hats, it's just cute on cute and that double cuteness is too much to handle. This holiday season, we came across a very adorable tweet in which a Twitter user, @lenavalkyrie, accidentally googled "Santa Bats" instead of "Santa Bats." This little mishap led her to discover the cutest and most wholesome little gallery of tiny bats donning tiny hats!

Someone should tell the Grinch that all he truly needed to grow his heart was to look at these images because our hearts just grew 10x just looking at these images of bats!

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Northern Ghost Bats Are Grumpy Cotton Balls

We've seen adorable flying cotton balls before! The Hokkaido Bird looks like an adorable flying cotton ball, but we've never seen grumpy cotton balls and that is just as important information as the happy cotton balls. 

Introducing the Northern Ghost Bat, scientifically known as Diclidurus albus, a bat species from South America, Trinidad, and Central America. These cute little bats are quite round and feature a whitish fur color -- just like a cotton ball. However, thanks to their distinct grumpy expression, they are hereby known as grumpy cotton balls. And we're A-OK with that. 

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So unbelievable precious! Bat's really do seem like they are just lovable, blind, tiny sky puppies. And each video we see of them just further proves the sky puppy theory.

Meet Miss Truffles, a bat currently at the Batzilla the Bat, a wildlife sanctuary. Written in the description bio, Batzilla the Bat mentions that many viewers ask them where they came to grab such bat motherly instincts when it comes to caring for them, and how they managed to disassociate with humans then are able to be released and successful out in the wild. They wrote in response, "We operate under tried and tested protocols that ensure all our orphans' emotional and physical needs are met and they also ensure we start withdrawing from their lives allowing them to grow into healthy well-adjusted juveniles ready for release. Wild mother bats are our teachers and they show us exactly what their babies require when in care. Loving, tactile, and affectionate, flying-fox mothers dote on their youngsters until they reach that annoying teenage stage when they start to distance themselves."

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We are all familiar with the cat purrito by now, but have you ever seen a baby bat wrapped up like a burrito? It's almost too cute to handle! When these baby flying foxes arrived at the Australian Bat Clinic due to extreme heat events that separated them from their mothers, they were well taken care of -- as you can see from the video. 

The video may be on the older side but something so cute needs to live on and on. If you watch this entire video and have no emotions about it, you may want to go get that checked out because the cuteness meter is through the roof!

Read more about the bat clinic and how you can help

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Spooktober Special: Adorable Bat Pics And Vids

BOO! We're in the early days of Halloween and Spooktober is in full swing! Today we celebrate and honor the spooky month by appreciating adorable bats! Or as the internet likes to call them -- sky puppies! And for those who never understand why they're called sky puppies, after seeing these big-eyed bats, you'll understand everything. Also, bat children just so happened to be called 'pups.'

A majority of the fellowing bats are rescued bats at the Bats Queensland, which is a volunteer organization for flying foxes and microbats in South East QLD Australia. You can follow them on Instagram to see the stories behind each adorable furry face.

Open your spooky heart and read more about these incredible animals of darkness

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We adore these videos! Meet Mr. Belgraves, a rescued bat that is very hungry and frightened. 

Batzilla the Bat informs viewers of how Mr. Belgraves came to be at their rescue,  "Mr Belgrave was rescued by Paul last night after accidentally wedging his thumb between two palings on a fence. This happens more often than we might think and unfortunately for Mr Belgrave, he was trapped on the fence for at least two days. He may have fallen from an overhanging branch or perhaps he had been making his way along the fence in search of his dinner. Now in care albeit with a very sore grazed thumb, Belgrave will heal up fine before being released back to the wild."

We're so grateful to hear he's in good and loving hands and will be released as soon as he's all healed up! In the meantime, enjoy this adorable sky puppy chowing down on a delicious banana! 

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Wuhan Officially Bans Eating Wild Animals

This. Is. Amazing. 

This is exactly what needed to happen and has officially happened! And Wuhan took it even a step further, the Chinese city is to become a 'wildlife sanctuary' where virtually all hunting of wild animals is banned... well, with the exception of measures for "scientific research, population regulation, monitoring of epidemic diseases and other special circumstances".

But still, we consider this to be a huge step in the right direction. 

Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic announced the ban on May 20th, 2020, and as part of the ban, the city introduced stringent controls on the breeding of all wild animals, prohibiting any to be reared for food, CBS reported.

While the origins of the pandemic are still under investigation, one of the suspected sources is the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in the city which included a live animal section reportedly selling more than 30 species of animals including live wolf pups, golden cicadas, scorpions and civets. China closed the market in January.

Humane Society International's China policy specialist, Dr Peter Li, said: "Wuhan's ban on wildlife consumption is extremely welcome as a clear recognition that the public health risk of zoonotic disease spread via the wildlife trade must be taken very seriously if we are to avoid another pandemic.

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There will however be no less severe of a disease risk from wildlife consumption in five years' time, so anything short of a permanent and comprehensive ban is still a risk too far. Wuhan becomes the fourth city in mainland China to show such leadership, but we now need cities and countries across the world to step up to the plate and shut down the dangerous wildlife trade."

Story via Independent.Co.Uk

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Bat Rescue And Rehabilitation Share Pictures Of Bats To Educate The Public

We know bats are getting a pretty harsh rep these days thanks to this virus that came from a bat. But not-for-profit, volunteer-run Bat rescue organization, Bats QLD (Flying Foxes & Microbats) Inc., is sharing images of these adorable and harmless "flying foxes" to better inform the public. 

Their mission states to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured and orphaned bats, as well as, "educate the public in how they can best help the Flying Foxes in their area."

Find out you can do to help these adorable sky puppies! You can also follow Bats QLD on Instagram for more cuteness and information! 

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Stop the presses. This might be the cutest thing you'll ever hear! 

We are absolutely melting at the sound of Jeddah's squeaks while being pet!

In this video shot by Mandi Griffith, a care with Sydney Wildlife, we are introduced to Jeddah, a juvenile bat. 

"This is Jeddah. He loves to be tickled, petted and scratched. Look at that blissful face. Jeddah is a Grey-Headed Flying-Fox. I usually clip my videos quite short when it's all one behaviour being shown, but this bliss went on and on and I just couldn't bring myself to deprive you of any of the lengthy joy. I particularly loved the yawny and sniffy bits about half way through. And I love the curl of the tongue as he yawns.

 This bat was not releasable due to injuries.  He is in care with a vaccinated and licensed bat carer. This bat is not a pet.  He was a baby hand raised for release, and became an education animal. He is used to being handled.  He actively solicits attention and cuddles. There have been suggestions that this bat is terrified and the squeaks are not cute. This bat is in bliss and is able to get away from the carer at any time. He is choosing to be stroked. He solicits attention."

Did you catch the bat smiling? If not, look closely! 

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Story Of A Bat Named Lil' Drac Told Through Gifs

Say "hello" to the cutest little short-tailed fruit bat named Lil' Drac! Lil' Drac is an orphan that is being hand-raised by Bat World Sanctuary.  

Bat World Sanctuary rescues hundreds of mistreated bats every year. It is a non-profit, accredited organization that gives lifetime sanctuary to non-releasable bats, including those that are labeled orphan, injured, and retired from exotic pet trades, zoos and even research facilities.

Lil' Drac's mother was sadly another casualty from zoo closure happening across the US. His mother was young, stressed from the conditions in which she was being kept, trauma of being captured and transferred to an unfamiliar environment. Due to all this, she abandoned Lil' Drac right after he was born. Lil' Drac was found "on the padded floor of the indoor flight enclosure at Bat World Sanctuary, curled up in a little ball."

For all of their bat updates, photos and more, check out their Facebook BatWorld.

Also, Lil' Drac now has a book, for all you bat lovers out there! 

Story via Bat World Sanctuary


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Celebrate International Bat Night With These Adorable Baby Bats Gifs

International Bat Night is celebrated annually on August 27th. It was established to help promote the good image of bats, and to help start creating some clarity on the facts about them above and beyond the rumors and Hollywood image. We think these adorable gifs of baby bats will do the work. 

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Bats Use Leaves As Mirrors To Find Camouflaged Insects

Bats are widely misunderstood creatures in the animal kingdom - while they're associated with witches, vampires and darkness in general, they're actually super cute and interesting. And scientists have just discovered something amazing about them - bats use leaves as "mirrors" that reflect sound waves, helping them find insects hiding behind leaves. Cool, right? Or confusing? Keep on reading, we'll explain everything. 

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