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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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We Totally Appreciate These Photos Of Baby Bats

We don't care what anyone says- they are just flying puppies to us! These adorable photos are the reason we should all love bats!  

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