Care for Bats
IMPORTANT: The medical care of bats requires a lot of experience. Often severely injured animals can recover. If you have no experience with bats, please bring the bat immedately to the next bat-expert. Never try to take care of a bat yourself. To care for bats needs much experience and special facilities you don't have.
Please note that the natural defense behavior of bats, especially when the animals are in pain, can easily be confused with rabies symptoms.
For all medical questions about the bats, please contact Dr. Keil - please do not hesitate to contact her:
Emergency Phone: 01573-0910222
(Consulting is free)
Or contact directly Bat World Sanctuary
The following notes are for bats experts only:
When the bat takes the worm, you get the next worm and offer it to the bat. With every worm you get the bat closer to the little bowl where the worms are in. Some bats are very good and start after a few seconds eating from the bowl, others need a couple of days or weeks to learn this.
It's very important to talk to the bats calmly, when they get trained, so they won't get afraid of the bowl and the worms in it. Bats from the same group you can train together so they can see how the clever ones eat from the bowl and they will learn it from their friends. Others of the group need to be trained and trained again.
Bat is drinking water
In our bat station a nyctalus noctula is drinking water. You see him taking the water from the edge of the bowl so it is important to use shallow bowl and fill them with water up to the top.
Vitamins for Bats
Every bat in the station gets vitamins. The dosing must be exact!
The care of bats must be well organized
The care of bats requires great thoroughness. Every day the bats get their supplies. Here you can see, for example, special foods, vitamins, medicine, minerals, cold-pressed rapeseed oil, cotton swabs and a scale. Each bat has an index card so that every animal gets the treatment our vet has prescribed.
Book: The Rehabilitation and Captive Care of Insectivorous Bats by Amanda Lollar
We recommend the book "The Rehabilitation and Captive Care of Insectivorous Bats" by Amanda Lollar. Here you can order the book.
Found a bat?
For medical treatment information about bats please contact Bat World Sanctuary.