Lil’ Drac is a short-tailed fruit bat from Bat World Sanctuary, an organization that promotes the protection and conservation of wild bats.
The organization said that this little animal was abandoned by his mother who was injured when it was moving from the zoo she used to live to another one. So, the little bat had become very stressed.
As the baby bat was not being raised by his mother, the volunteers stroke his stomach with a cotton swab to simulate the feeling of a mother’s tongue. And, as a result, he’s learned to suck milk through a small piece of foam.
Unfortunately, a sad story about Lil’ Drac was not over then – his rescuers found out that he has a tiny hole in his palate that causes milk to come out of his nose. So, the volunteers had to be very carefully and slowly as the milk could go down the wrong hole and he would suffocate.
Happily, vets say that the so small that once he is on solid food it would not cause him any problems.
Bat World Sanctuary was established in 1994 as a rescue-rehabilitation center and sanctuary operated exclusively for bats.
The organization is “dedicated to improving the lives of bats in captivity, educating the public about bats to dispel myths and encourage conservation as well as providing worldwide rescue efforts for bats.”
“Bat World Sanctuary has published both scientific and popular literature about bats, including the first standards for captive bats, a document that was subsequently utilized by the worldwide accrediting organization, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.”
It is one of several bat conservation organizations acting in the United States and considered to be”the largest bat rescue center on the planet.”
The organization provides medical treatment for thousands of injured and orphaned bats each year, with 80% saved and returned to the wild. Its objectives are:
- Rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned bats.
- To provide a permanent sanctuary for non-releasable bats.
- Promoting the humane treatment of captive bats in zoo and research environments.
- Protecting wild bat colonies from abuse and destruction.
- Promoting bat conservation through education.
- Increasing public awareness about safety issues regarding the inappropriate handling of bats.
Bat World Sanctuary is also described as the world leader in bat rehabilitation for almost two decades. Each year they rescue thousands of bats that might otherwise die and engage in activism to end the abuse and destruction of bats.
Some more time the organization devotes to non-releasable bats, including those that are orphaned, injured, confiscated from the illegal pet trade and retired from zoos and research facilities.
It is not the first time when orphaned bats were notably rescued this year. For example, last month, about 100 orphaned baby fruit bats (a different species than Lil’ Drac) were saved in Australia after their parents had died from February’s Cyclone Yasi.
Besides, in January, the Australian Bat Clinic and Wildlife Trauma Centre managed to rescues another 130 orphaned bats whose parents had been killed in flooding on the country’s Gold Coast. [Via Wikipedia, First News and Huff Post]